Music icon and self-proclaimed ‘American Bad A**” Kid Rock leads the pack in a crowded GOP primary for Michigan’s Senate seat, taking the lead over fellow republicans and coming within striking distance of the incumbent democratic lawmaker, according to a new poll.
Kid Rock, born Robert Ritchie, trails Sen. Debbie Stabenow by just 8% and leads all other GOP contenders considering a run for the US Senate. The poll surveyed over 800 likely Michigan voters, and shows Rock currently behind Stabenow 50-42 percent with a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
The rapper and country star is an ardent supporter of President Trump, who carried the state during the 2016 general election and remains a popular political figure on the region.
“I think part of Kid Rock’s success is the fact the Trump effect is still out there,” said one pollster. “I mean Kid Rock curses and swears like [former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci], so basically Kid Rock is a mini Trump.”
“Michigan is still a Trump state,” he added. “It’s still a very close state, but any candidate on the Democratic side is going to have to face the impact of Donald Trump’s people out there. Will they show up and vote Republican?”
Rock hinted his run for the US Senate last month, teasing his candidacy on social media and announcing he was creating a voter-registration initiative at his concerts. Pundits have accused the musician of concocting a “publicity stunt” or a hoax, but Rock insists his bid for the Senate is real.