Michigan represents Republicans’ only open seat opportunity on the Senate map this cycle, following the retirement earlier this year of veteran Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Several recent developments in the Wolverine State merit a deeper look at the state of play on both sides of the aisle.

The race remains in our Lean Democrat column, with Republicans still searching for a top-tier recruit. But they could be getting closer to landing such a candidate, just as the Democratic side — which once looked clear for centrist Rep. Elissa Slotkin — has gotten more crowded.

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For several months, the top name in GOP circles has been John Tuttle, a Michigan native and vice chair of the New York Stock Exchange. Back in early May, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Steve Daines told The Detroit News that “Tuttle is a strong potential recruit in Michigan.” Tuttle would presumably have the ability to somewhat self-fund and come with a built-in network of potential donors.

“Tuttle is serious,” one Michigan Republican strategist said. “My feeling is

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