Gaining strength among women and metro Detroit voters, Gov. Jennifer Granholm has opened an 8-point lead on Republican challenger Dick DeVos, according to The Detroit Free Press-Local 4 Michigan Poll.
The poll conducted last week -- a month from the Nov. 7 election -- shows Granholm with a 49% to 41% lead among likely voters. A Free Press-Local 4 poll in late August showed Granholm had taken a 2-point lead, statistically a dead heat, after trailing earlier in the campaign.
The new poll shows the governor has solidified her support more than DeVos. Among those who say they've made up their minds, Granholm holds a nearly 20-point edge.
Dick DeVos has lost female voters because of his stance on reproductive rights--he admitted that he doesn't believe abortion should be available in cases of incest or rape.
Some of the opinions of voters are heartening, but it's still a mixed bag. Here in Michigan, it really is the economy, stupid. People are still trying to figure out where forward is, never mind who will take us there. But I think some get it:
"I believe DeVos can create more jobs. But I believe he would do it by creating a minimum wage state."