Democrats target five Congressional Republicans in Michigan

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) --- Democrats in Washington D.C. are preparing their campaign to take over Congress next year as President Donald Trump's approval rating sits below 45 percent, according to several polls.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is targeting five Michigan Republican Congressmen: U.S. Representatives Jack Bergman, Mike Bishop, Fred Upton, Dave Trott, and Tim Walberg.

Democrats tried to beat these Republicans in 2016 and lost, but they have renewed hope.

In Michigan's 8th Congressional District, a battle brews as Democrat Elissa Slotkin kicks off her campaign to unseat Republican Congressman Mike Bishop.

"People across the political spectrum, Democrats, Republicans, Independents, they are just saying they want something different," said Slotkin.

She has 15 years of National Security Intelligence experience under her belt.

Top Democrats say her campaign plays an important part in their strategy to take back the U.S. House.

But inside the Michigan Republican Party Headquarters, Sarah Anderson is hard at work to ensure a blue wave doesn't happen here.

"We are planning for the best, preparing for the worst, but we are very confident that we are going to keep Michigan red in 2018," said Anderson.

As national Democrats try to flip five Republican House seats in Michigan, Republicans are preparing to challenge Democratic U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow

"I think she's incredibly vulnerable. We did some internal polling about six weeks ago that showed her below 50 percent in a generic ballot test," said Anderson.

Stabenow is attracting several Republican candidates including Bob Young Jr., the former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

"Spending money on programs that don't make a difference is the definition of stupidity. It's what Debbie Stabenow prefers to do and we just got to stop," said Young.

Next week, we are expecting another Democratic challenger to jump in the race against Republican Congressman Upton in West Michigan.

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