Skubick: Political insiders look ahead at Michigan governor race


LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – 100 political insiders were asked who is running for governor and there’s a local name on the list.

There’s also another name that will not shock you.

Nobody is putting any money on this yet, but don’t be surprised if the 2018 race for governor includes Gretchen Whitmer for the Democrats and Bill Schuette for the Republicans.

81 percent of the political insiders believe Ms. Whitmer will run and here’s a shocker, 100 percent think Mr. Schuette will run. He’s the only one in the survey to get a 100 percent nod.

Flint Congressman Dan Kildee gets 86 percent of the insider vote that he will run. He has said if Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan does not run, Mr. Kildee’s chances of running go up.

Only 14 percent of the Lansing pundits believe Mr. Duggan will run.

The real puzzler in all this is Lt. Governor Brian Calley.

Both he and Mr. Schuette held receptions at the National Republican Convention but Mr. Calley says he will wait until the first of the year to make a decision.

68 percent of the insiders think, in the end, he gets in.

But what about Macomb County politicians Candice Miller and Mark Hackel. Soon to be ex-congresswoman Candice Miller has flirted with running for governor over the years about only 22 percent believe she will pull the trigger. Macomb County executive Mark Hackel has flirted too but only 16 percent think he will run.

“I think it was surprising that more people think that Brian Calley is a little bit is wavering a little bit,” said Dennis Denno of Denno-Research-Resch Research. “I think about just under 70 percent thought he would so obviously he’s leaning that way but I was surprised at how many people thought that the Lieutenant Governor might give it a pass.”

There could be more names added to the list so stay tuned.

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