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After weeks of a dead heat, Jennifer Granholm seems to have some breathing room, according to the Detroit Free Press.

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."

Originally posted to novapsyche on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:07 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar? (5+ / 0-)

    I'm hoping voters will truly see the choices they have in front of them.

  •  I love that quote (2+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan, novapsyche

    but I only believe the second sentence. I don't see any evidence that Devos will create more Michigan jobs.

    It's good to hear these poll results. It's hard to realize there are people who will actually take Devos' candidacy seriously, but I suppose our lousy economy makes people wonder if "change" could make things better. If they listen to Devos' so-called plans, they would realize that he's nothing more than a snake oil salesman. When he has been forced to make a clear statement on what he will do in detail, he often contradicts himself (saying one more moderate statement in a debate, then going off to the religious right and saying he was just kidding).

    I remember a time when the American President was the leader of the free world. ****** Repeat after me: "Neoconservatism has failed America."

    by land of the free on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:23:50 AM PDT

  •  Yes, it's late, but ... (1+ / 0-)
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    maybeeso in michigan

    ... the undecideds are finally starting to roost.

    Some of them shopped DeVos, didn't like the size or style he came in and moved off.

    The word "relief" is the right one.

    His new spot featuring his goofy, privileged daughter doesn;t offer Dick much help.

    He should have fired his ad agency in June.

    •  I actually thought (0+ / 0-)

      the new ad with his daughter is his best ad, along with the attack ad that makes JG sound a little crazed when taken out of context ("In five years..."). The one with the cute girl who has more charisma than Little Dick does was a smart move on his part.

      I remember a time when the American President was the leader of the free world. ****** Repeat after me: "Neoconservatism has failed America."

      by land of the free on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:39:45 AM PDT

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      •  My feeling is ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... that it's too late in the election cycle to get cute. I suspect this is a leftover from his charm offensive last summer and they pulled it up now to try and siften the starch he showed in the debates. It's about substance now and Dick blinked.

        •  but (0+ / 0-)

          Dick is so soft on substance, even the Detroit News is pointing it out. Combining his attack ads with this cute & sweet purty daughter ad is a smart a move as any. We know that Dick himself does a lousy job speaking in his own ads.

          The problem that Dick's ad agency has is a classic: they have a bad product to sell. You can't buff a piece of shit to make it look shiny and appealing. The ad agency is working with the pile of shit they've been dealt.

          I remember a time when the American President was the leader of the free world. ****** Repeat after me: "Neoconservatism has failed America."

          by land of the free on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 05:47:17 PM PDT

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  •  I hope many many people have watched the (0+ / 0-)

    debates.  I'm fairly prejudiced, but I think Devos' character stuck out all over.   another W

    War on Tara? What did Scarlett ever do to you?

    by maybeeso in michigan on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:25:14 AM PDT

  •  Lead good--trend good-- (1+ / 0-)
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    R2

    Incumbent still polling under 50% not good.  Nailwise, bite 'em if you got 'em.

    Michigander Dems better be burninng the phone lines, swarming the sidewalks with canvassers, & revving up the ground game for 11-come-7.  But you knew that. Go get 'em!

    May I bow to Necessity not/ To her hirelings (W. S. Merwin)

    by Uncle Cosmo on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:26:31 AM PDT

    •  It will Depend on Turnout (0+ / 0-)

      We got burned in '92 with Engler.  Everyone thought Blanchard was a sure thing and didn't go out and vote.  We ended up with Satan Engler.

      •  I think (0+ / 0-)

        you used strikeout on the wrong name.

        Anyway, I for one will not be resting easy until after I see the final results. Devos has spent what, over $20 million of his own money on this race so far? (I'm broadly estimating - he'd spent over $16m at the end of 3Q, and he's putting up attack ads like there is no tomorrow). He will spend a lot more to ensure he doesn't look like a complete loser. He will manipulate anything - even a murdered kid that has nothing whatsoever to do with the Governor - to get more votes. We can't feel that JG has a margin of relief.

        I remember a time when the American President was the leader of the free world. ****** Repeat after me: "Neoconservatism has failed America."

        by land of the free on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 10:38:01 AM PDT

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      •  I was wondering (0+ / 0-)

        what happened in '92.  I was too young to vote then, but I really thought Blanchard was the right choice.

      •  That was 1990 (1+ / 0-)
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        R2

        I was at MSU back then. It was a midterm election and turnout was low. I was very disappointed in the result and I gave my mother a hard time because she chose to stay home as well.

        Sometime after that I was part of a recall petition drive. It was my first taste of political canvassing. :) I guess it was kind of naive to try to do a recall at that point, but we were idealistic college students. I found out first hand how hard it is to actually get enough signatures to get a recall election.

        "In the whole history of this country, we have probably won more friends from the power of our example than from the power of our military." - Bill Clinton

        by Tuttle on Thu Oct 19, 2006 at 11:31:03 AM PDT

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  •  But he created jobs in China... (0+ / 0-)

    I've actually heard repugs use the argument that since DeVos was able to create jobs in China, he'll be able to create jobs in the US.  It's a good argument as long as you ignore a few little things like the differences in Chinese and American labor laws, human rights standards, and minimum wages.  And, okay, maybe creating 60-cent-an-hour jobs at your own company is a little easier than convincing other people at other companies to create real jobs in your state.  But other than that...

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