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New statewide poll shows Michigan U.S. Senate and governor's race tightening

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Michigan voters will head to the polls in less than two weeks. WGVU takes a look recently released statewide polling data focusing on the tightening Michigan U.S. Senate and governor’s races.

Lansing-based EPIC-MRA recently surveyed more than 600 likely Michigan voters, 30-percent of which were cellphone users. Of those interviewed 45-percent consider themselves Democrats, 41-percent Republican and 11-percent Independent.

If the election were held today who would they vote for in the governor’s race?

Five percentage points separate the frontrunners; 46-percent give the nod to Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, 41-percent for Republican Bill Schuette, 3-percent for Libertarian Bill Gelineau with 7-percent undecided and 3-percent favor another party’s candidate.

In the race for Michigan U.S. Senate the gap has narrowed with three-term incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow at 49-percent of the vote, Republican challenger John James at 42-percent. Five percent say they’ll vote for a third party candidate and four percent are undecided.

The margin of error in this poll is plus/minus 4.0%.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.