On Friday, Michigan GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Mike McDaniel said he is the frontrunner in the race for Michigan’s open U.S. Senate seat.
McDaniel, who has raised more than $8 million in the campaign, told The Associated Press that he has the support of more than 2,500 registered voters in the state, with the top finisher taking home $500,000.
He told the AP the support he is receiving is “not only phenomenal, but extraordinary.”
McDaniel was a Republican candidate in the 2008 election and had a big lead in the polls for the nomination until a failed run for the presidency.
He was also the state’s top fundraiser, which helped to propel him to the top of the polls.
The Michigan GOP’s presidential committee and state party have declined to comment on whether they plan to run any candidates in the April 6 primary.
A McDaniel victory would make him the second Michigan Republican candidate to clinch the party’s nomination, following former Gov.
Jennifer Granholm in 2014.
The other, former Sen. Pete Hoekstra, won the Democratic nomination in the general election.