Some very good news today out of Michigan:
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer holds a comfortable lead over Republican Bill Schuette in the Michigan governor's race and is doing a better job attracting critical independent voters, according to a new statewide poll conducted last week.
The survey of 600 likely Michigan voters conducted for The Detroit News and WDIV-TV shows support for Whitmer was especially strong among female, college-educated, Metro Detroit and senior voters. Roughly nine weeks out from the Nov. 6 election, more respondents said they had heard of Schuette than Whitmer, but fewer said they liked the two-term attorney general.
Whitmer had a nearly 14-percentage-point lead in the Sept. 5-7 survey, which has a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percentage points.
The poll showed 49.8 percent said they would vote for Whitmer if the election were held that day, compared with 36.1 percent for Schuette. Another 4 percent of voters said they would pick a third-party candidate, including 2.3 percent who would back Libertarian Bill Gelineau, and 10 percent were undecided.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has a double-digit lead over Republican opponent John James in her re-election bid, according to a new poll released Monday.
Stabenow, D-Lansing, was favored by 55.5 percent of 600 surveyed likely Michigan voters 33 percent for James, a Farmington Hills businessman and combat veteran, with 10 percent undecided. Third-party candidates received 2 percent support.
The Sept. 5-7 poll, conducted for The Detroit News and WDIV-TV by the Glengariff Group, has a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percentage points.
Almost all of the poll respondents had heard of the incumbent, and 54 percent held a favorable view of her compared with 31 percent unfavorable. James' name ID was at 54 percent with 21 percent favorable to 15.5 percent unfavorable.
James faces an uphill battle against Stabenow, who is well-liked and known to voters, said Richard Czuba, the pollster for Glengariff.
“He has room to grow, but he is facing the same dynamics as every other Republican on the ticket, coupled with the fact that Debbie Stabenow is widely liked,” Czuba said. “I just think the U.S. Senate race is shaping up to be a very hard climb for Republicans. Something significant would have to happen either with the nation or these candidates.”
Bill Schuette knows that the race for governor is ramping up, which means that now is the time for low-blow campaign tactics ahead of the November election.
In his latest attack ad against Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer, the Republican candidate's rhetoric positions Whitmer-Gilchrist as being the “Most left-wing ticket in Michigan history.”
Dripping in propaganda, the ad continues to use inflammatory words to appeal to potential right-wing voters. However, perhaps the most unsettling piece of the attack ad is the context from which the images of Whitmer are pulled from.
The grim-faced Whitmer is in stark contrast to the typical images of the smiling, bright features of the Democratic candidate. And for good reason. The frowning photo of Whitmer comes from her address to the Michigan Senate in 2013 when she shared personal details of her sexual assault survival story in response to the “rape insurance” bill.
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