WASHINGTON (CNN) – Michigan Rep. Peter Hoekstra will announce his decision on whether to run for governor next week, the Republican said on a Detroit radio show Wednesday.
Hoekstra, who has already said he would retire from Congress at the end of his term in 2010, has been mulling a run for months to succeed the term-limited Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. He told WJR that he'll make an announcement on Monday and that he will "spend a day doing it."
Hoekstra was vague on his actual intentions, but strongly suggested that he would run. When WJR radio host Frank Beckmann said he predicted that Hoekstra would run for governor, the Republican replied, "you might find yourself to be very, very right."
Although Michigan leans Democratic and voters in the state overwhelmingly picked Obama on Election Day, Hoekstra said he's confident that a Republican could win.
"In a blue state, how do you put together a coalition that enables you to be successful on Election Day?" Hoekstra said. "I think it's very possible to do."
Granholm's popularity has taken a hit in Michigan, a state where the faltering auto industry has led to the highest unemployment rate in the country. Hoekstra said he hopes the Democratic candidates, namely Lt. Gov. John Cherry, run on the same policies as Granholm.
"I hope that John Cherry and the Democrats run on Jennifer Granholm's record," Hoekstra said. "The slogan's very simple on the other side: if nothing changes, nothing changes."
Early polling shows Hoekstra towards the top of the Republican field. L. Brooks Patterson, a local county executive, is on top with 22 percent, and Hoekstra comes in second with 15 percent, according to a recent Inside Michigan Politics poll. The poll was conducted from March 4-10 with 600 registered voters in Michigan and had a sampling error of plus or minus 5.7 percentage points.