Durant ran ads attacking Hoesktra as holding similar positions to Stabenow, including his support for the TARP bailout, while painting himself as an outsider. A super PAC also ran ads on his behalf in recent weeks, and he reeled in some big-name endorsements in the final month, including from the Tea Party Express and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. But it wasn't enough to close the gap with Hoesktra; polls never showed him within striking distance of his opponent. In a statement after the election was called, Durant called for people to unite around Hoestra. "Going forward, I will continue to be a 'Rebel With a Cause,'" said Durant. "This is about fighting the status quo in Washington of record debt and record spending which has pushed this country to the brink of fiscal disaster."
Hoekstra Easily Defeats Durant, Will Face Stabenow
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