It's a long road to November for 8th district congressional hopeful Lance Enderle.
"I'm shaking hands, knocking on doors, going to different meetings."
The 41-year-old Lansing native is running as a democrat against incumbent Congressman Mike Rogers. It's an opportunty that, he says, fell into his lap.
"I came into this race as a write-in candidate this summer," Enderle says. "I'm not an establishment candidate."
A current MSU graduate student and former high school teacher, Enderle volunteered to run after the Democratic primary winner dropped out.
"Somebody had to do it."
Enderle says he knows firsthand how the economy has impacted the 400,000 or so voters of the 8th district.
"I was laid off last year. Budget cuts."
His recovery plan includes investing in affordable education and a green manufacturing sector.
"Such as wind turbines, solar panels, things like that. We need to teach these students the skills to get jobs in this type of manufacturing sector."
But political analysts tell us Lance Enderle faces more than just an uphill battle. Not only is he up against an incumbent, they say he's also running in a traditionally Republican-leaning district. But Enderle says he's up for the challenge.
"This district went 2-1 for Obama," says Enderle. "It's going to go 2-1 for me in November."
Regardless of who wins, voters are looking for a congressman who will cross party lines.
"If these candidates came out strongly for what they really believed in and would try to accomplish it if elected, I think this would make a big difference."
Enderle tells us he's worked several campaigns for the Democratic Party. The only other office he ran for was a seat in the state house in 1998.