Skubick: First polls show early Republican leaders for 2018 governor’s race

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – In the next race for governor, Lansing voters are picking Attorney General Bill Schuette in the GOP primary.

The first polling data of the new year on the 2018 contest for governor is out. But what do the numbers all mean for you?

It’s 21% for Attorney General Bill Schuette and 20% for Congresswomen Candice Miller. In other words, if the Inside Michigan Politics survey is correct, the two are in a statistical dead heat for the state’s top job.

In third place Lt. Governor Brian Calley gets 10%.

And West Michigan senate GOP leader Arlen Meekhof finishes fourth with 3%.

45% of the voters say they are undecided.

In the Lansing media market Mr. Schuette beats Macomb County Congresswoman Miller by 23%. Mr. Calley gets 14% and Mr. Meekhof 8%.

Ms. Miller wins Detroit with 27% of the vote there.

While Mr. Schuette gets one out of four votes in Flint and Saginaw he also wins in west Michigan, getting 22% of the vote and 26% of the vote in Traverse City.

When he ran in a five-person primary contest candidate Rick Snyder emerged the victor because of his support among Democrats and moderate voters while the rest of the field divided the conservative vote.

Mr. Calley beats all the others with 24% of the Democratic crossover vote.

Ms. Miller wins the moderate vote with 25% and Mr. Schuette gets 45% of the conservative vote while she gets 40%. Mr. Calley collects 19% and Mr. Meekhof receives 6%.

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