Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) starts her 2012 re-election bid on shaky footing, according to a survey out Friday.
The Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll found that only 37 percent approve of Stabenow's job performance and less than a quarter -- 23 percent -- would vote to re-elect her. A generic opponent pulled 43 percent against her.
Numbers like that could make Michigan a top pick up opportunity for Republicans in 2012. Already, some Republicans are seeing opportunities in other blueish states -- such as former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) , who is considering a bid against Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D) in New Mexico. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown is also considered very vulnerable after Republicans made significant gains in Ohio in 2010.
Michigan saw similar Republican gains in 2010. The state elected a Republican governor and now the GOP has control of both chambers of the state legislature.
What remains to be seen is who will challenge Stabenow. Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra is said to be considering it after losing the Republican gubernatorial primary last year. Other possibilities include businessman Tim Leuliette, Rep. Mike Rogers (R) and Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land.