Some new statewide polling data is out and the surprise winner is “undecided” in the race for governor.
63% of the Democrats and 59% of the Republicans have not made a decision.
“People don’t make decisions about this stuff in April,” said Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr. “The average person doesn’t spend their life worrying about Lansing and that’s probably a good thing.”
Pollster Dennis Denno agrees, as he reports on the horse race.
It appears Shri Thanedars ads are building his name identification.
“He’s spent millions on tv ads and you’re seeing the results of that,” explains pollster Dennis Denno.
But does this race change when Gretchen Whitmer starts to advertise?
Denno says “it should start to change but if it doesn’t she is going to have problems.”
Republican candidate Bill Schuette shows a ten point lead, 23 percent to 13 percent, over Brian Calley, his closest rival.
“I’m a little surprised Bill Schuette wasn’t further ahead,” says Denno. “Everybody knows Bill Schuette. He’s been running since he was 18, he’s up on tv, he’s been attorney general for eight years. I thought he’d be doing better.”
The X factor in the Republican race for governor is the president and his tariff trade war saber rattling effecting Michigan farmers and the auto industry.
“It will be interesting to see how trade war effects the Republican primary,” adds Denno.
The undecided numbers will start to turnaround when voters decide to pay attention.