Kid Rock Announces He Won't Run for the Senate in 2018

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Kid Rock is dropping his political ambitions - which were a publicity stunt he admitted to Howard Stern on Tuesday - to return to being a rock star. Are you f-ing kidding me?

"Who couldn't figure that out?"

Over the summer, Kid Rock teased in social media posts about a potential run for Senate, even launching a website, www.kidrockforsenate.com with themed t-shirts and hats available for purchase. Tickets go on sale November 3, the same day as his next album, Sweet Southern Sugar, is released. "Are you fucking shitting me?"

Rock said the Senate idea - which he has publicly toyed with for months - was a mixed blessing.

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But the 46-year-old Michigander (real name Robert James Ritchie) reveled in his self-promotion skills, telling Stern: "It's the worst advice that I ever gave myself, but it's been the most creative thing I've ever done - and I've gotten to see everyone's true colors".

Rock's new album, "Sweet Southern Sugar", will be released November 3, Stern said. At least one poll from the summer showed Kid Rock leading Stabenow in a hypothetical 2018 Senate race in MI.

And NPR wrote the careful headline, Kid Rock Says Michigan Senate Campaign Website Is 'Not A Hoax.'

At one point Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R., Ky.) super PAC, the Senate Leadership Fund, expressed interest in seeing the musician run for office. I have people who work for me, they're on the in, I'm like, '[expletive] no we're not doing it, but let's roll with it for a little while.

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