LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – In the Democratic race for governor, a former East Lansing senator has a commanding lead but Gretchen Whitmer finishes second behind the mayor of Detroit.
For the last six years or so, Detroit mayor Mike Duggan has been asked the same question and every time he’s given the same answer: he’s not running for governor.
Yet despite the denial, the Detroit mayor leads the field with 20 percent of the vote followed in second place by former East Lansing Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer at 16 percent.
Flint Congressman Dan Kildee receives 12 percent of the vote while Macomb County executive Mark Hackel finishes fourth with 9 percent.
In the early voting, 43 percent report to “Inside Michigan Politics” they are undecided.
Breaking it down on media markets, Ms. Whitmer has a commanding 51 percent of the vote, all the others are in single numbers in the Lansing region. She also leads in Grand Rapids by 16 points over Mr. Duggan.
But the Detroit mayor holds a 18 point lead over Whitmer in Detroit and Congressman Kildee gets 47 percent of the vote in Flint and Saginaw while everyone else is in single numbers.
Mr. Hackel gets the most support, 13 percent in Detroit but in other regions his backing ranges from 3 to six percent.
As the only female in the contest, you might expect she would do quite well. Turns out that is not the case.
Ms. Whitmer gets 17 percent of the female vote and Mr. Duggan get 20 percent which means they are tied.
Mr. Kildee receives 13 percent of the female vote and 7 percent of the women would vote for Mr. Hackel. 43 percent are undecided.
The male vote goes 21 percent for Duggan, 14 percent for Whitmer, 12 percent for Kildee and 10 percent for Hackel.