Poll: Peters leads Land in race for US Senate

Former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Congressman Gary Peters, both of whom are running for U.S. Senate, on Mackinac Island. (May 28, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — U.S. Rep. Gary Peters continues to lead Republican Terri Lynn Land in the campaign to take over for longtime U.S. Sen. Carl Levin — though the race is becoming closer, a new poll shows.

An EPIC-MRA poll surveyed 600 people between Aug. 22 and 25, asking who they would vote for in the Senate race if the election were today.

The poll, released Thursday, showed 45 percent would vote for Peters, the Democrat. That is the same figure he garnered just over a month ago in another EPIC poll.

Thirty-nine percent of people polled said they would vote for Land, a former Michigan Secretary of State. That’s up three points from July.

Sixteen percent were undecided or declined to say who they would vote for.

>>Inside woodtv.com: Read the complete poll results (pdf)

The poll has a 4-point margin of error.

Levin has held the Senate seat since 1979. Republicans view his decision not to run again as a chance to pick up and increase their numbers in the Senate, where they have been in the minority since 2007.

Whether that will happen will be decided in the general election on Nov. 4.

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