“It is now 39.5% for Mr. Peters and 39.3% for Mr. James.”
A poll taken in Michigan shows that incumbent Democratic Sen. Gary Peters is in danger of losing his seat to challenger John James.
That “oh, oh” you hear from the Democratic camp of U.S. Senator Gary Peters is that, in one week, two polls are out showing his race against Republican challenger John James is a statistical dead heat and for an incumbent to be in that spot one year before the election is hardly good news.
In the Vanguard, Dennis, Pubic Sector Consultant poll last May it was Mr. Peters 42% and a generic Republican 36%. It is now 39.5% for Mr. Peters and 39.3% for Mr. James.
The race today is a toss-up.
At this point in the campaign last year when Senator Debbie Stabenow took on Mr. James, she had a comfortable lead.
But he closed the gap on her and now she is saying, “this is a make or break race and we’re at a critical moment.”
It does not help Peters that 37% of those in his state “don’t know or have no opinion about him.”
The Republicans hold the Senate by only a few seats. If James beat Peters and the incumbent Republicans win then the party will have 55 seats.
That will only happen if the stars align perfectly.
Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst fell nine more points in a job approval poll. Other slipping in job approval include Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Thom Tillis (NC), Cory Gardner (CO), and Martha McSally (AZ). From Morning Consult:
In Iowa, businesswoman Theresa Greenfield, who is backed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY’s List, outraised Ernst. In Arizona, retired astronaut Mark Kelly outraised McSally by some $2.5 million, according to his campaign. In Maine, state House Speaker Sara Gideon (D) outraised Sen. Susan Collins. In Colorado, former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) raised $2.1 million since launching his bid in August, just short of Gardner’s $2.45 million over three months. And in North Carolina, former state Sen. Cal Cunningham raised $1 million, close to the $1.2 million haul by Tillis.
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