POLL SHOWS KID ROCK AS GOP FRONT-RUNNER
WASHINGTON» Kid Rock, the rock-rapper and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, tops the Republican field in a new Michigan Senate poll — but trails Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Considering Rock, or Robert Ritchie, as he was born, hasn’t yet declared his candidacy in the race, Stabenow’s 8-point lead in a hypothetical matchup likely will add fuel to his possible candidacy. In a hypothetical Republican primary matchup, he polled at 33 percent support, compared with his closest rival, businessman and veteran John James, who had 16 percent.
Ritchie has been an ardent Trump supporter since he switched support from Ben Carson when Trump won the Republican presidential nomination. Since then he began selling pro-Trump merchandise in his online store, including T-shirts with the phrase “God, Guns & Trump.” He supported Mitt Romney in 2012.
Despite not having officially announced his run, Ritchie is also selling “Kid Rock for Senate 2018” shirts, hats, bumper stickers and yard signs, alongside the Trump items. He also announced plans last week to create a nonprofit organization supporting voter registration.
Republican consultant John Truscott said that at this point Ritchie’s success was “almost purely name ID.”
Kid Rock performs before the Daytona 500 in 2015.