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Terri Lynn Land running for Michigan Senate seat

Former Michigan secretary of state Terri Lynn Land announced Monday the she will run for the state's open Senate seat in 2014, becoming the first well-known Republican in the race.

Land said she is putting together a team and will file for the primary by July 1.

"Representing our magnificent state of Michigan and your interests in Congress would be the greatest honor," Land said on her Facebook page. "We need conservative leadership now more than ever because of high unemployment, huge deficits, and a spendthrift Congress."

Land, who served two terms as secretary of state, left that office in 2011 and now serves as one of three Michigan representatives to the Republican National Committee.

She won both of her elections -- in 2002 and 2006 -- by double digits, and has often been rumored as a potential candidate for higher office.

Rep. Gary Peters is the presumptive nominee on the Democratic side, and he has the endorsement of both of Michigan's Democratic senators.

On the GOP side, potential primary opponents for Land include Reps. Mike Rogers and Justin Amash.

Sen. Carl Levin (D) is retiring.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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