Robert Ritchie, better known to the world as Kid Rock, is leading the 2018 U.S. Senate race in Michigan, according to an early poll released Sunday.
The Delphi Analytica poll puts support for the Trump-supporting Michigan-native entertainer at 30 percent, four points ahead of incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow. Forty-four percent of respondents declined to a pick a candidate. Among those who did state a preference, Kid Rock led 54-46 percent.
Kid Rock, whose nearly three-decade career has spanned and melded the rap, rock, and country genres, threw his hat into the 2018 ring this month with a series of posts on social media. Final confirmation appeared to come with a Facebook post including an image implying Kid Rock was completely out of “F***s” to give.
While he initially endorsed fellow Michigander Dr. Ben Carson for president, Kid Rock quickly became an enthusiastic Donald Trump supporter, reprising his 2012 role by playing at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland after Trump accepted the GOP’s nomination for president. He later came under fire for his own pro-Trump apparel brand that sold such irreverent gems as shirts emblazoned with “_onald Trump: The ‘D’ is missing because it’s in every hater’s mouth.”