Alpena, Mich. —Alpena native and former Democratic State Representative Matt Gillard, announced today his candidacy for the First Congressional District to replace U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Menominee).
Gillard represents of the base dem areas in the 1st in Alpena. This could hurt both McDowell by cutting into Cheboygan/Presque Isle, and Sheltrown by cutting into Alcona, Mio, and Grayling. This could benefit Saltonstall if she's the only pro-abortion candidate, and that bloc of votes (smaller in the 1st district, but still there) sticks together.
I'd still like to see a couple more democrat yoopers jump in against McDowell. Right now, I think he's the man to beat, and would also be the toughest candidate in the general.
As far as Republican matchups, I think he's a better matchup for the GOP than Sheltrown and especially McDowell.