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Rudy Giuliani Tried to Endorse a Republican Senate Candidate on Twitter But Got His Name Wrong Twice, and the Candidate Is Trying to Roll With It

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 30: Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor and current lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks to members of the media during a White House Sports and Fitness Day at the South Lawn of the White House May 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. President Trump hosted the event to encourage children to participate in sports and make youth sports more accessible to economically disadvantaged students. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Presidential attorney Rudy Giuliani bungled an endorsement when he tweeted an endorsement of Michigan Republican Senate candidate John James: He misspelled his name twice.

"Don James is running for Senate in Michigan," Giuliani wrote. "Vote for Don James.


James jokingly referred to Giuliani as “Randy” in a tweet thanking him for his endorsement.

Others had a laugh at Giuliani's expense.

In addition to the endorsement from Giuliani, James has received endorsements from President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and The Detroit News.

With just days until the midterm elections, James received last-minute support from Ending Spending Action Fund, a super PAC funded by the Adelson and Ricketts families, who are among the GOP's largest donors. The super PAC ran an advertisement yesterday (also shared by James in his response to Giuliani above) which portrays James, an Iraq war veteran and businessman, "as a change agent while assailing his Democratic opponent, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, as a figure of the past," according to Politico.

“After 40 years, Debbie Stabenow has been in office longer than John James has been alive,” the ad says.

Independent polls have consistently placed Stabenow ahead of James. She held a 9-point lead (52 percent to 43 percent) in an Emerson College survey on Monday. The margin of error is slightly larger than an Epic-MRA poll last week that showed Stabenow, the incumbent, leading by seven points.

James is more popular with men, according to the Emerson poll, and he currently holds a 49-percent-to-46-percent edge over Stabenow. She is more popular with women, however, and enjoys a 57 percent to 38 percent lead among that voting bloc.

The Michigan Senate race is certain to be one of the more consequential ones of Tuesday's midterms: Democrats likely need to retain the seat should they want to take control of the upper chamber. Trump won Michigan in 2016 by roughly 10,000 points, a feat which became a rallying cry in his characterizations of Hillary Clinton's failure to connect with working-class voters.