From “The Fix” by Chris Cillizza

Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow enters the 2012 election cycle on uncertain footing, according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning automated pollster Public Policy Polling.

The survey shows Stabenow in a statistical tie with three potential GOP opponents. Against Rep. Pete Hoekstra, Stabenow is at 45 and Hoekstra is at 44. Against Rep. Candice Miller, Stabenow takes 46 percent to Miller’s 42 percent. And against Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, Stabenow’s stands at 45 percent to Land’s 41 percent.

Stabenow fares better when matched up against former Gov. John Engler, leading by eight points. She also leads unknown businessman Tim Leuliette 47 percent to 30 percent.

Stabenow isn’t particularly popular in the state, with 41 percent approving of her performance and 40 percent disapproving.

Hoekstra, who is coming of a loss in the 2010 gubernatorial primary, has left open the possibility of running against Stabenow. Miller was recruited to run against Stabenow in 2006 but opted against it.

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