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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Michigan voters from Lansing and the middle of the state are splitting their tickets when it comes to the race for governor and the U.S. Senate.
We asked 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick to look at the reasons behind the ticket splitting.
Mid-Michigan voters are splitting their ticket. Governor Rick Snyder for example has a 20 point lead in Mid-Michigan.
But democrat Gary Peters has a 10 point lead in the U.S. Senate contest.
It's 44 percent for Mr. Peters and 34 percent for republican Terri Lynn Land.
In the governor's race in Mid-Michigan it's 56 percent for the governor and 36 percent for democrat Mark Schauer.
In the five other regions of the state the governor holds a lead in the ring around Detroit and up north while Mr. Schauer leads in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties along with western Michigan.
So is there momentum in this race and who has it?
“Schauer because he's picked up support. It's not so much that Snyder has dropped. Schauer picked up support. He's solidified his base, he's doing better there. He’s also improved a little bit among all independents, but not as much of an improvement among independent women,” said Bernie Porn, EPIC-MRA pollster.
In the U.S. Senate contest, same question where's the momentum?
“Peters has expanded his lead and it’s not so much that he has gone up, it’s that Land has dropped and I think that's the impact of some of those negative ads on women’s issues,” said Porn.
On the gender front there is a gap. Mr. Peters and Ms. Land are tied for the male vote, but he has a 16 point lead with female voters.
The governor has a lead with men, but Schauer has a six point lead with women. The survey has a four point error margin.