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Senate Candidate John James campaigns in Petoskey with GOP leaders

Senate Candidate John James campaigns in Petoskey with GOP leaders

PETOSKEY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Republican senate candidate John James made his first campaign stop Friday at the Perry Hotel in Petoskey.

In front of a packed house in the Rose Room of the hotel, Michigan GOP candidates and current leadership took the chance to drive home their message in the final days of their campaigns.

The crowd heard from state representatives Lee Chatfield, Triston Cole, Sue Allor and House Speaker Tom Leonard, running for attorney general.

“When you look at this office of Attorney General, I don’t believe the stakes could be higher in any race right now than this race," Leonard said to the crowd.

Secretary of State candidate Mary Treder-Land spoke.

Congressman Jack Bergman also did some last minute campaigning.

“It’s been truly an honor to represent all of you in Washington D.C. these past twenty months," Bergman said. "I’m here to ask for your vote again to continue the mission, because we’re getting stuff done.”

It was John James who stole the show, stressing the need for an outsider in the Senate.

Afterwards, James said he feels prepared to take over for long-time Democratic incumbent Senator Debbie Stabenow.

“I think that’s what we need truly in Washington, not more partisanship, but more leadership," James said. "Senator Stabenow votes along party lines almost 100 percent of the time. We don’t need a solid vote for a party, we need solid voting for the people of the State of Michigan.”

The most recent polls show Stabenow ahead of James going into election day.

James has been spending a lot of time lately campaigning in northern Michigan.

“Northern Michigan is so important to the rest of the state," James said. "We have two peninsulas. We’re all Michiganders, and we need to make sure that we’re not just tying in Detroit and Grand Rapids, we’re tying in the entire state.”

Petoskey was James's first stop on Friday before heading to Cadillac and Saginaw.

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