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Land Files Paperwork To Enter Republican U.S. Senate Primary

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Terri Lynn Land (Credit/TerriLynnLand dot com)

Terri Lynn Land (Credit/TerriLynnLand dot com)

LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land says she’s filed the paperwork to enter the Republican U.S. Senate primary, while Democratic U.S. Congressman Gary Peters says he’s got $1.8 million dollars on hand for his race.

Land and Peters are seeking to replace veteran Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who says he won’t seek re-election in 2014.

Saying it was “an extremely difficult decision” in March, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Levin, 78, one of the most long-standing and respected figures in Washington who serves as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, explained his decision this way:

“As Barbara and I struggled with the question of whether I should run again, we focused on our belief that our country is at a crossroads that will determine our economic health and security for decades to come. We decided that I can best serve my state and nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us that I am in a position to help address; in other words, by doing my job without the distraction of campaigning for re-election,” he wrote in an open letter to constituents.

He said he felt his time would be better served by focusing on revealing tax avoidance schemes, and fixing “egregious” tax loopholes.

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