Wonder what you would find if you frisked the latest Rasmussen poll regarding the 2010 election for Michigan’s next Governor?
Answer: Republican candidates are still holding strong.
Michigan Republicans have a very busy year ahead of them! Term-limited Governor Jennifer Granholm is done at the end of the year and multiple Republican candidates have an early lead over the likeliest Democratic candidates.
Check out the latest numbers:
So far, so good…
Rasmussen Reports has the latest:
The most recent Rasmussen Reports Election 2010 telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds GOP hopefuls Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox and Peter Hoekstra earning 40% to 45% of the vote in all but one of the match-ups against each of their potential opponents.
Democrats Virg Bernero, Andy Dillon, Denise Ilitch and Alma Wheeler Smith pick up anywhere from 28% to 36% of the vote in those match-ups.
Hoekstra, a longtime U.S. congressman, runs slightly stronger among the GOP contenders.
Among the Democrats, Dillon, the speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives, runs most competitively. Against Cox, the state attorney general, in fact, Dillon runs virtually even, with 36% of the vote to his GOP foe’s 35%. (See toplines and crosstabs.)
Both parties will pick their candidates in August 3 primaries.
Among the GOP hopefuls, Bouchard. the sheriff of Oakland County, is viewed very favorably by seven percent (7%) of Michigan voters and very unfavorably by six percent (6%). For Cox, very favorables total 14% and very unfavorables 13%. Eighteen percent (18%) have a very favorable opinion of Hoekstra, while 13% view him very unfavorably.
On the Democratic side, Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, is seen very favorably by six percent (6%) and very unfavorably by 11%. Six percent (6%) have a very favorable view of Dillon, while 13% view him very unfavorably.
Very favorables for Ilitch, a Detroit businesswoman and lawyer, total 17%, her very unfavorables 14%. For Wheeler Smith, a member of the Michigan House, very favorables are 12% and very unfavorables 19%.
So far, it is looking good for Republicans and in reality it’s their race to lose. Within the past couple months – after Lieutenant Governor John Cherry dropped out of the race – Democrats have been playing catch-up. Unfortunately for the Democrats, the May 15th deadline to collect 15,000 signatures to have their name on the ballot during the primaries is creeping around the corner.
In my opinion, the Republican candidates need to step their game up and get more enthusiasm out there to the general public. Another GOP hopeful – business entrepreneur Rick Snyder – released a Super Bowl advertisement in order to get his name out there and create some buzz. It will be interesting to see if his name pops up on the next Rasmussen poll.
Good luck Republicans and may the best Conservative win!
Side-Note: Shortly after this poll was conducted, Denise Ilitch officially announced that she will not enter the race, but former state Treasurer Bob Bowman is preparing to file papers to form an exploratory committee for governor.