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Michigan Political Poll Numbers Show A Competitive Race

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Plenty of people are making their voices heard across the state about upcoming races for governor and U.S. Senate.

Right now Governor Rick Snyder holds a 4 point lead over democratic challenger Mark Schauer and democrat Gary Peters is leading republican Terri Lynn Land in the US Senate race.

We asked 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick to check the numbers for us.

The governor's race is close, 43 percent for the incumbent and 39 percent for the challenger, which is where this race has been since December.

In the competitive U.S. Senate contest Democrat Gary Peters clocks in at 41 percent and GOP candidate Terri Lynn Land at 36 percent.

In other words Pollster predicts these are going to be two very close contests with 12 percent undecided in the governor's race and 23 percent in the U.S. Senate contest.

The Schauer campaign says it is significant that the governor has failed to break 50 percent in any of the polls so far, but the Snyder campaign brain trust say it doesn't mean a thing.

A republican Pollster says it's not significant. The governor needs to keep a lead and that's what he is doing right now, but as Schauer becomes more well known, especially among democrats, he is narrowing that gap a little because he is improving his base. It's a competitive race right now.

Opponents of Mr. Peters have been hitting him hard on his support for Obama Care and millions have been spending on commercials.

In Michigan, 48 percent disapprove of the Affordable Health Care Act, but that apparently has not damaged Peters enough to cost him the lead.

Roughly 80 percent of the people have made up their mind. There is not a lot of people at the ticket splitting level at this point. 

(Reporter): "So the ads are good, but not moving the needle?"

(Pollster): "I don't think anything is moving the needle unless somebody makes a mistake or somebody really pops something different at this point."

As you sift the numbers, here are the impressions:

  • (1) Snyder 9% Lead with Men
  • (2) Schauer 3% Lead with Women
  • (3) Over 45 Favor Gov
  • (4) 18-44 Ages Favor Schauer
  • (5) Independents 42%-32% Gov
  • (6) Moderates: 41%-34% Schauer

Republicans have criticized the public policy polling data because they say it counts too many democrats in its poll, which has a margin of error of three percent.

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