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U.S. Senate Hopeful Pete Hoekstra Stops in Birmingham Ahead of Tuesday's Primary

Pete Hoekstra was joined by State Rep. hopeful and Birmingham-area resident Dave Potts at Birmingham's Original Pancake House Monday morning.

Candidates were hitting the campaign trail early Monday morning, with U.S. Senate hopeful Pete Hoekstra visiting the breakfast crowd at Birmingham's ahead of Tuesday's primary election.

(D-MI) in November's general election. On Tuesday, he'll face off against Holland's Clark Durant and Grand Rapids' Randy Hekman as he seeks the Republican nomination.

Birmingham was the Hoekstra's only campaign stop in Oakland County Monday, and one of two in Metro Detroit. At 10 a.m., Hoekstra stopped by the Leo's Coney Island in Shelby Township, with other stops planned for Grand Blanc, Lansing, Muskegon, Jenison and Wyoming.

Hoekstra had one message for Michigan voters leading into Tuesday's primary: "We can do better."

For voters in Oakland County and throughout Metro Detroit, Hoekstra said voting for him means taking a step toward bringing more jobs to Michigan.

"People make things in Oakland and Macomb counties," he said. "For people in southeast Michigan, this would mean putting people back to work."

Hoekstra's Republican challengers meanwhile continued their campaigns across Michigan. Durant began the day in Grand Rapids and will finish at a Tigers game in downtown Detroit.

Potts says he's 'cautiously optimistic' about primary

Hoesktra was joined Monday by Oakland County Commissioner , who has his own primary campaign to run.

Potts, a Republican and Bloomfield Township resident with a law firm in Birmingham, is .

Potts said he plans to be out all day Monday and Tuesday talking to voters in the 40th District, which encompasses Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township and parts of West Bloomfield.

Opposing him on Tuesday are fellow Republicans , the Bloomfield Hills mayor pro tem; Birmingham School Board member ; and West Bloomfield attorney . One of those four will face Democrat in November.

"I'm cautiously optimistic," Potts said about Tuesday's primary.

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