WASHINGTON (Michigan News Source) – Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin (MI-07) is taking steps toward seeking the U.S. Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Debbie Stabenow.

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Last fall, Slotkin fought and won in the third most-expensive U.S. House race.

The 72-year-old Stabenow has held the Senate seat since 2001.

If Slotkin runs, she’ll likely face tough competition in the primary election. According to political analysts, others who could throw their hats in the ring include Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrest, U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell and Haley Stevens, and state Sen. Mallory McMorrow.