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Terri Lynn Land loses a major backer

Terri Lynn Land has had a number of recent setbacks.
Terri Lynn Land has had a number of recent setbacks.
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Terri Lynn Land just received a major setback in her run for the United States Senate.

Politico is reporting that one of Land's biggest backers, the Koch brother backed group Freedom Partners, has just pulled the plug on $1.1 million worth of advertising time in Michigan for the month of August. That includes nearly $800,000 in Metro Detroit.

Land, who is running for the Senate against current Democratic U.S. House of Representatives member Gary Peters, has been largely bank-rolled by out-of-state groups throughout her campaign. Along with Freedom Partners, Land has been funded by Ending Spending, a pro-Republican group backed by TD Ameritrade billionaire Joe Ricketts. The National Republican Senatorial Committee is also planning on increasing its spending for Land.

Still, the backtracking of Freedom Partners is likely a major blow for Land's chances. Polls have shown Land in a steady decline over the summer. In March, Land held a two-point lead over Peters in a Poll conducted by Market Resource Group, but now finds herself trailing by as much as seven points. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 4 points.

Land is also having some financial issues of her own. She reported that she gave her campaign $3 this year and last year, yet her personal financial information shows her having less than half of those funds. The result is that she's been forced to explain her personal situation, saying that some of those funds came from joint-owned accounts with her husband.

The situation for Land has gotten so bad that Roll Call's Stu Rothenberg said in a column that he now has doubts over Land being a credible candidate.

While Land is struggling with financial information, financial backing and in the polls, Peters is seeing an explosion of recent support. Most recently, he picked up both the support and a pledge of $2.1 million from the League of Conservation Voters and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Peters and Land are running for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Carl Levin (D). Levin is retiring after six terms in office.

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