NOWHERE TO HIDE

Former Republican Senate candidate John James is not looking in the rear view mirror, according to those who have spoken to him. James, who ran against Democrat U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow as she cruised to her fourth term, may not have won, but he came closer than any of her previous opponents, with a 52 percent to 46 percent loss, having narrowed an over 20-point gap in late October/early November in a charm attack. James, who wasn’t recruited for the Senate campaign but encouraged by fellow leaders in YPO – which stands for Young Presidents Organization, a global leadership group of presidents and CEOs under 50 – and is motivated to go for another run, in 2020, against U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D), who beat Republican Terri Lynn Land in 2014. “His (James’) numbers were higher than (gubernatorial candidate Bill) Schuette’s, and he came in with nothing,” said one Republican fundraiser. “He’s not going to stop. He’s got the donors lined up.”

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