It doesn’t even seem possible. . .but according to a new poll conducted by Delphi Analytica, when respondents were asked to choose between the two candidates, Robert Ritchie (aka Kid Rock) and incumbent Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, 30% of Michigan voters chose Kid Rock and 26%, with 44% chose Stabenow.
Yes, we know only 44% are undecided but we are talking about Kid Rock as a Senator for the United States. That means that 44% are thinking about it. If you’re Debbie Stabenow the fact that 44% in Michigan are thinking about voting for Kid Rock and not you means you’re in trouble.
This is certainly one of the most surprising results in recent polling history. Kid Rock is a successful musician known for his party image and songs that describe heavy drug use and sex with prostitutes and strippers. He is also known for being featured in a sex tape.
Kid Rock even got some love from Texas Governor Greg Abbott:
On the flipside, Politico has pointed out plenty of issues that should make it difficult to get elected:
… the no-contest plea to charges he assaulted a DJ at a Nashville strip club, the messy divorce from Pamela Anderson … . when he told Rolling Stone of his distaste for Beyoncé (“I like skinny white chicks with big tits”) and gave the New Yorker his stance on same-sex marriage (“I don’t give a fuck if gay people get married. I don’t love anybody who acts like a fuckin’ faggot”).
All this from his past did not stop him from revealing last week that he was considering a campaign against the incumbent senator. Kid Rock’s website www.kidrockforsenate.com links to a merchandise store and it also promotes two newly released singles from his new album. Politico added this information, “Not a single prominent Republican in Michigan told us they’d heard from Ritchie or his associates about a campaign.”
Kid Rock is certainly wealthy enough, in the past he has donated up to 7 figures to charity. He’s a man of the people, the musician put a cap on ticket prices to his concerts ($20) so working class fans could attend. When Mitt Romney asked for his endorsement, he gave it to him a day later and said that Romney was “the most decent mother**ker I’ve ever met in my life.”
A Republican consultant in Michigan, Dennis Lennox, has given this theory, “Presuming Kid Rock doesn’t get caught in bed with a little boy, or beat up a woman between now and August 2018, he’s going to win the nomination if he gets in. I think there’s no question about that. I think he’s the prohibitive favorite if he gets in.”
A Democratic strategist, Joshua Pugh, said, “Some Democrats in D.C. are freaking out because he would scramble the playbook, It would scramble the playbook. But I’m still not concerned if I’m Debbie Stabenow.”
But the former chairman of the Michigan GOP countered, “The fact that he’s non-traditional is appealing to a lot of people. Obviously it scares others who want someone more predictable. But if you’re going to beat an entrenched candidate like Debbie Stabenow in a purple state, you need to do something different. He’s well-liked in Michigan. He’s a hometown darling. He’s got deep connections to Detroit. He’s done a lot throughout the state. Anybody who’s writing him off is making a mistake.”
Here’s is the entire poll with results.
Do you think this could happen? Will Kid Rock become a new senator? For what it is worth I’m still think this is a publicity stunt.