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Kid Rock is trailing Sen. Debbie Stabenow by 18 points in a new poll

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Musician Kid Rock would lose by 18 points with likely Michigan voters if an election between him and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) were held today, according to a new poll.

The Marketing Research Group (MRG) survey on Wednesday found that Stabenow would defeat the potential Republican senate candidate 52 percent to 34 percent.

“Kid Rock would have an uphill climb against Stabenow if he were serious about getting into the race,” said MRG President Tom Shields.

“His popularity as an entertainer is not transferring to the ballot,” he added of Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie. “Kid Rock for U.S. Senate is a great gimmick on stage – but it’s not playing in Michigan.”

Some Twitter users on Thursday commented upon the poll, which comes amid speculation Rock will challenge Stabenow for a Senate seat.

Wednesday’s results found that 4 percent would not vote in a matchup between Stabenow and Rock.

Ten percent were unsure of who they would select, refused to answer or chose another candidate.

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Rock has not formally announced a 2018 Senate bid, but he began floating the possibility this summer.

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The singer tweeted out a poll in July that showed him ahead of Stabenow in a potential matchup next year.

Rock also confirmed that an official campaign website was real, but the page’s only link directed visitors to his Warn Bros. Records merchandise page.

Vice News reported earlier this month that Republican consultants and donors are struggling to reach Rock and discuss a potential Senate run.

Rumors of Rock campaigning began last February when The Detroit Free Press reported that a member of the Michigan GOP’s central committee raised him as a possible contender.

MRG conducted its latest survey of 600 likely Michigan voters via landline and cell phone interviews from Sept. 13-18. It has a 4 percent margin of error.

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