Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., reported the strongest first-quarter fundraising numbers of all of the federal candidates eyeing retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin’s seat.
First-quarter fundraising reports for members of Congress were due on Monday. Peters raked in more than his potential GOP Senate rivals — Reps. Mike Rogers and Justin Amash — combined. However, Rogers maintains a large cash-on-hand advantage.
Amash raised $124,000 and reported $114,000 in cash on hand.
Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, raised about $166,000 in the first quarter and reported having $1.4 million in the bank. Rogers recently told CNN that his prime spot on the committee weighed on his decision-making process.
Several other Republicans outside Congress continue to mull campaigns for the Senate seat, including former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, cardiologist Rob Steele and ex-state GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis.
Debbie Dingell, the wife of longtime Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., continues to think about running for Senate. The Detroit News reported she will make a decision by the end of this week.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., told The Associated Press over the weekend that the freshman congressman would not seek the Democratic nomination.