Skubick: Talk heating up for 2018 race for Michigan governor

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – You may find this hard to believe but with the presidential election out of the way, the conversation has turned to the 2018 race for governor.

A new survey is out on what the voters know about the potential candidates.

Citizens were offered five bucks to name four of the candidates who might run for governor.

“Four people. Whitmer, Schuette. (laughter) I don’t know the last two.”

In the MRG statewide survey 21 percent had heard of Gretchen Whitmer, 32 percent Lt. Governor Brian Calley, 28 percent Flint Congressman Dan Kildee and 57 percent knew Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Political consultant Kelly Rossman-McKinney says at this early date, the survey doesn’t mean that much but it should serve as a wake up call to those who want to defeat Bill Schuette. “Attorney general Bill Schuette is known for his hustle and this just reinforces that he continues to hustle and if other folks are serious about running then they need to step it up.”

In the Lansing area 70 percent know Mr. Schuette, 57 percent know Ms. Whitmer, 40 percent know Brian Calley and 36 percent know Dan Kildee.

Schuette beats Whitmer in her own backyard. “That’s equally surprising given that she has been visible as the interim ingham county prosecutor,” says Rossman-McKinney.

So we try again to give away five dollars. “Whitmer, Schuette, Kildee and Calley.”

So how did this man name the four?

6 News photojournalist explains “Tim, having worked for you for six years as your camerman I learned something.”

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