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Fallout From Rogers Decision Continues

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(WLNS) - The clock is ticking toward an April 22 deadline for candidates to file for the soon to be vacant Mike Roger's congressional seat.

The scramble is on with some getting in and some getting out of the contest.

East Lansing Democrat Rep. Sam Singh was on the list, he is no more. He's out.

Former East Lansing Democrat Mark Meadows is out.

The Republican mayor of Rochester Hills Bryan Barnett is in.

And some new names are on the possible list, including Oakland County Rep. Gail Haines and Tom McMillan.

And in the senate, Senator Jim Marleau is taking a look see.

Noting the list can change on a dime, Senator Joe Hune may get in.

Former Senator Mike Bishop may get in.

Former top party chair Saul Anuzis had is name on the list as the GOP did a weekend phone survey that also included Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and one of Mike Roger's chief advisors, Tony Baltimore.

Ingham County clerk and former representative Barb Byrum is going to Washington to see if she can raise money to do it.

Political consultant Ed Sarpolus thinks it will be hard for the Republicans to pick one candidate since all the politicians see this as a once in a lifetime opportunity and will be reluctant to drop out.

Reporter: Some are looking for a job and won't drop out.

Sarpolus: That's correct. This is a lifetime job that doesn't come around very often.

Sarpolus predicts the GOP will hold onto the Rogers seat and Democrats have all but conceded that point.

Sarpolus: Yes, I would have to say they're conceding without saying it. Look at how many have dropped out because they know what the numbers are and the money.

Reporter: If it was competitive, more would look at it.

Sarpolus: Correct they would not be dropping out.

With a wide open field and perhaps more pictures added to the list, who knows who will represent mid-Michigan in Congress next year.

Mr. Sarpolus thinks the front runner is Mike Bishop but dark horse candidates could be Senator Hune and Rep. Haines.

UPDATE:  6 News has learned tonight that former Senator Mike Bishop will run for Rogers seat.

The same goes for Rochester Hills mayor Bryan Barnett.

We've also learned that Saul Anuzis is also expected to announce his candidacy for the seat as well.


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