Within hours of Debbie Stabenow announcing her retirement, Dems are scrambling to replace her

Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow’s decision to not run for reelection jolted national Democrats on Thursday, setting off a mad scramble for a newly open battleground seat in 2024.

At least two prominent Democrats — Reps. Elissa Slotkin and Debbie Dingell — are seriously considering a run, according to people familiar with their thinking. But several other House members could also take a look at it, including Rep. Haley Stevens, according to several Michigan Democrats.

The quick maneuvering and rampant speculation around it is owed, in large part, to the sheer number of Democrats who have long waited for a crack at running for higher office, and also to the abruptness of the announcement.

“I’m stunned,” said Dingell, who represents Michigan’s 6th District and is among the state’s highest-profile politicians. “She told me months ago she was running. … I can’t imagine our delegation without her, but today is the day we celebrate her and then we figure it out.”

Stabenow’s announcement on Thursday marks the

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