Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., started his 2013 fundraising by taking in $371,000 during the first quarter, a respectable sum for the potential Senate candidate but less than the $434,000 he raised in the first quarter of 2011.
As Peters jostles for Democratic support with party power player Debbie Dingell, union backing could become a deciding factor as both weigh the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin. Peters' first quarter numbers show donations from more than a dozen union groups, totaling more than $40,000. The Detroit-area congressman may take donations from organizations like the UAW and American Federation of Teachers as an encouraging sign, but it's too early to tell if their backing is for more than a House reelection bid.
AFT-Michigan President David Hecker said earlier this month that both candidates are still in play. A source close to Dingell said Monday she will make a decision soon.
Among the GOP's potential candidates, Rep. Justin Amash raised $124,000 in the first quarter, while Rep. Mike Rogers' report has not yet been uploaded.