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.
Don James is running for Senate in Michigan. He is a combat veteran, a successful business man and believes in lowe… https://t.co/dtBsHWF64X— Rudy Giuliani (@Rudy Giuliani)1541117038.0
James jokingly referred to Giuliani as “Randy” in a tweet thanking him for his endorsement.
@RudyGiuliani Thanks, Randy! While you were leading NYC through the aftermath of 9/11, I was at West Point training… https://t.co/gC94giMQiY— John James (@John James)1541128883.0
Others had a laugh at Giuliani's expense.
@RudyGiuliani I know that D and R are next to each other on the keyboard but you can't even get his name right? It's Ron James.— Rogue NASA (@Rogue NASA)1541135221.0
@RudyGiuliani Now do Ned Cruz!— Adrian Wapcaplet (@Adrian Wapcaplet)1541135638.0
@RudyGiuliani Long time, no see, Trudy. Totally off topic: Why did you spend most of your career rooting out corru… https://t.co/2QZ8yO50g9— Winston Smith 🆘💔💔💔 (@Winston Smith 🆘💔💔💔)1541134507.0
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.