POLL SHOWS KID ROCK AS GOP FRONT-RUN­NER

The Denver Post - - NATION & WORLD -

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.”

Terry Renna, As­so­ci­ated Press file

Kid Rock per­forms be­fore the Day­tona 500 in 2015.

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