Michigan's Dem Base Doesn't Know Their Own Gubernatorial Candidate

The bottom line is that Snyder holds what could be an insurmountable lead over Schauer, 45 percent to 35.2 percent. The margin grows to an even wider 13.6 percent among voters who say they are “very likely” to vote in November.

If there is anything close to a ray of sunshine for Dems it is that the Detroit News poll shows 18.1 percent of Michigan’s voters are still undecided.

Still, in order to move the undecided among Michigan voters into his camp, Schauer is first going to have to introduce himself to them.

The Detroit News/WIDV-TV poll results were much better for the Democrat who is running against Terri Lynn Land in the Senate election.

Gary Peters has a slim lead over Land, a former Michigan secretary of state. It is just a whisper of confidence, but a crescendo of support when compared to what Schauer heard from voters in the Detroit News poll.

The Detroit News/WDIV-TV poll shows Peters has a 4.3 percent lead over Land, with a margin of error plus or minus 4 points.

Land’s “Really?” TV ad in which she lampooned the idea that she was waging war on her own gender doesn’t appear to have resonated with women: the poll shows Peters with a 40.1 percent to 32 percent lead over Land among female voters.

The Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV poll reinforces the argument that Land is failing to win over female voters. This poll, conducted by EPIC-MRA, shows Peters leading Land 44 percent to 38 percent with a 14 point lead over Land among women.

However, an article published by Grantland on Tuesday gave Michigan Republicans reason to celebrate during the Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference on scenic Mackinac Island, at the northern tip of their state’s Lower Peninsula.

While they were taking part in the event’s first full day, Republicans learned that Democrats had tried to replace Gary Peters in the election to fill the seat left vacant by the retirement of Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

Grantland’s Zach Lowe wrote, as part of an article on the Miami-Indiana NBA playoff series, that the Michigan Democratic Party approached the Heat’s Shane Battier to run for the U.S. Senate instead of Peters.

“Considering Congressman Peters’ abysmal record on jobs and the economy, it’s no surprise the Michigan Democratic Party tried to cut Congressman Peters and make Shane Battier their starter in the race for U.S. Senate against Terri Lynn Land,” said Heather Swift, the spokeswoman for the Land campaign.

Battier confirmed that Michigan Democrats had talked to him about running for the Senate. But Battier told Lowe he rejected that offer and didn’t even talk to his teammates about it.

“No, no, no,” he said. “The way the games have gone, that just wouldn’t be a possibility.”

Michigan Democrats did not respond to a request for a comment on the Battier story.