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For what I have on Michigan, as of April 14, follow me below.

Michigan politics

In elections for President, Michigan has been quite Democratic: In 2012, Obama beat Romney 54-46; in 2008, he beat McCain 57-41.

Statewide, in 2008, Levin won easily over Jack Hoogendyk and Michigan's other senator, Debbie Stabenow, is a Democrat who also wins election easily. Michigan's governor, Rick Snyder, is a Republican. Michigan has 14 representatives in the House including 5 Democrats and 9 Republicans.

The Senate race

Although there are primaries in both parties, the clear leaders are Terri Lynn Land for the Republicans and Gary Peters for the Democrats.

Land is a former secretary of state for Michigan. On the Issues rates here a "moderate libertarian conservative". She is anti-choice, opposed re-opening the government, opposes same sex marriage, favors Keystone, opposes gun control; given that she has not been a member of Congress, On the Issues does not have a position for her on every issue.

Gary Peters is a member of the House of Representatives. On the Issues rates him a "populist leaning liberal". He is pro-choice, has a strong pro-civil rights and pro-environment history, opposes free trade and supports ObamaCare.

The polls:

All recent polls show a close race, most with Land slightly ahead, although the most recent poll, by Clarity Campaigns, showed Peters with a 6 point lead.

    April 3 - A poll by Marketing Research Group finds Land up, 40-38
    April 9 - A poll by PPP finds Peters up by 5

Fundraising

According to the FEC, at the end of 2013, Peters had raised $3.5 million and had $2.9 million cash on hand; Land had raised $3.7 million and had $3.3 million cash on hand

    April 9 - In the first quarter, Land raised $1.4 million

My take
Everything here points to a close race.

Originally posted to plf515 on Mon Apr 14, 2014 at 05:09 AM PDT.

Also republished by Motor City Kossacks.

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