In Michigan's seventh Congressional district, incumbent Elissa Slotkin is facing State Senator Tom Barrett. The race has quickly become one of the most expensive in the country, and is heavily influenced by the question of abortion access. Jenna Bednar, professor of public policy and political science, told The Guardian about the appeal Barrett might have with constituents.
“He’s really familiar to a good number of the people in this district, which is also quite conservative,” Bednar said. “Tom Barrett doesn’t present himself in any sense as a threatening force. And he is likely to enjoy a lot of support from the rural communities in the district.”