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Other Michigan Republicans are, as one would expect, brushing off the Democratic challenges to Amash.
“He might do some things that are untraditional but it is tough to see this really become a race. If he faced a primary opponent it would be a different story,” said Stu Sandler of Decider Strategies, a Michigan consulting firm.
There were rumblings that Amash would face a challenger in the Republican primary, but none emerged.
“Most Republican primary challenges come from the right, not the center,” said Sandler.
The only polling on the race shows Amash up on Pestka by 11 percent but when those surveyed were presented with more information that gap closed to two percent.
Cook Political Report rates the race as competitive but rates it "Likely Republican" with a partisan voter index of +6 in favor of the GOP.
“Pestka will make him work hard and not take anything for granted but this race isn’t going anywhere. This contest is one step below a foregone conclusion. Still, Amash has not done enough to squash the talk of this race being competitive,” said Jake Davison of Advantage Associates, a Lansing based consulting firm.
The National Republican Congressional Committee said that they were watching the race but were not overly concerned. The bulk of their resources in Michigan are currently being deployed in the Upper Peninsula, helping reelect freshman Congressman Dan Benishek in the First Congressional District.
“It’s definitely on the watch list,” said NRCC deputy communications director Andrea Bozek.