LANSING – Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), the likely next Senate Majority Leader if Republicans maintain control, has heard the bleak forecasts about Democrats possibly riding a blue wave into majority this November. He’s not buying it. 

The Jackson County Republican was admittedly nervous after August primary numbers showed strong Democratic turnout numbers in suburban Michigan. But now that the Senate Republican Campaign Committee (SRCC) has had a chance to execute its plans, go up on TV, and “properly frame” the issues important to Michigan residents, Shirkey sees retaining majority as a “virtual certainty.” 

“The questions isn’t if we’ll keep majority, it’s how large that majority will be,” he said. 

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