GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Seven weeks out from Michigan’s Republican primary, polls show U.S Rep. Justin Amash has a lead over challenger Brian Ellis.
Last week, the incumbent Amash (R-Grand Rapids) said he would not debate Ellis, a Grand Rapids businessman. Amash told 24 Hour News 8 in a phone interview that Ellis is “not running seriously.”
In an EPIC-MRA poll conducted June 10 and 11, 55% of people voting in the Aug. 5 primary said they would vote or were leaning toward voting for Amash. 35% of respondents said they would vote or were leaning toward voting for Ellis.
That is about the same 20-point spread seen in other polls.
The poll, which has as 3.5-point margin of error, questioned 814 people.
The results came in at the end of a busy time for endorsements.
Amash’s campaign said he has picked up the nod from familiar political leaders, including Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).
Ellis was endorsed last week by Right to Life and the Michigan Farm Bureau AgriPac, both of which previously backed Amash. Ellis has also earned the endorsement of the Michigan and Grand Rapids Chambers of Commerce.
The most recent Federal Election Commission filings showed Ellis had about two-thirds as much campaign money as Amash.
Amash shows continued strength in polling, including the most recent one from EPIC-MRA. It shows him leading in all counties and regional breakouts in his Third Congressional District.
The Third Congressional District covers parts or all of Barry, Calhoun, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties. Bob Goodrich, also a businessman, is the Democrat running for the seat.