The former underdog in the Democratic race for governor is now the top dog based on new polling data from the MRG polling firm.
Candidate Rick Snyder ran as one tough nerd.
Democratic candidate Shir Thanedar is running with one tough name.
He’s been airing a series of humorous commercials showing people struggling to pronounce his name.
But despite his tough name, Mr. Thanedar has replaced former front runner Gretchen Whitmer with a three point lead.
Her support has dropped nine points.
Mr. Thanedar started at 3 percent but with his own money jumped 18 points based on his television advertising.
The Whitmer camp had no comment on the polling.
But Whitmer supporter, former Gov. Jim Blanchard, is not alarmed.
He figures once she hits the airwaves, the numbers will flip in her favor.
Over in the Republican primary for governor, Lt. Governor Brian Calley remains stuck at 13 percent, where he has been for over a year.
Attorney General Bill Schuette has a 16 point lead over Mr. Calley but Mr. Schuette has dropped four points since the last survey.
Mr. Schuette leads in every region of the state and has a 29 point lead with very conservative GOP voters.
But here’s the real kicker: 48 percent of the Democrats are undecided and 54 percent of the Republicans have not made a decision, which means this race is still wide open.