MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Many of Michigan's tea party activists are trying to rally behind one of at least eight Republicans running for the chance to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Gary Glenn of the American Family Association won a "straw poll" Saturday from representatives of more than 40 tea party groups joining under the name Michigan 4 Conservative Senate. The group wants to avoid dispersing clout in a field crowded with conservatives.
The Republican winner of the August primary will face Stabenow in November.
Former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra is considered the frontrunner in the Republican field, but not the favorite of some tea party groups.
Hoekstra finished in the top three of Saturday's poll but wasn't in the final round. That was whittled down to Glenn and Clark Durant.