GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Incumbent Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is gaining back some ground in the race against his challenger, a recent poll shows.
An EPIC-MRA poll conducted between Sept. 25 and Sept. 29 asked 600 people who they would vote for if the election was held immediately.
Forty-five percent of people polled said they would vote for Snyder, a Republican. 39 percent said they would vote for Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.
Eight percent said they would vote for a third-party candidate and the remaining 8 percent said they were undecided or declined to answer.
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The poll has a four-point margin of error. For the first time in a few months, the results of the poll are outside that margin. Last month, Schauer was leading 45% to 43% — a statistical dead heat.
In four of the last six polls listed on Real Clear Politics, Snyder led in four of the last six polls. Schauer led in on and one was a tie.
Snyder led the race early this summer, but Schauer supporters then turned in an impressive performance with a massive TV presence and the gap between the candidates narrowed. The trend line is now starting to separate again, Real Clear Politics shows.
The EPIC-MRA poll also showed Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson with a 10-point lead over her Democratic challenger Godfrey Dillard and Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette with a 6-point lead over his challenger Mark Totten, a Democrat.
Polls don’t predict the winner, but they do provide a snapshot of how voters are thinking right now. 24 Hour News 8 will keep an eye on all the big campaigns leading into the Nov. 4 general election.