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Published: 09/9/10

GOP's Rick Snyder Way Ahead of Democrat Virg Bernero in Michigan Governor Race

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
GOP's Rick Snyder Way Ahead of Democrat Virg Bernero in Michigan Governor Race

Republicans held Michigan's governorship for 20 years between 1963 and 1983 (starting with Mitt Romney's father,George) and have swapped it back-and-forth since then with Democrats. The latest poll on this year's race says it's going to be the Republicans' turn again. Republican Rick Snyder, former head of Gateway computers and one of this year's crop of "outsider" faces, is leading Democrat Virg Bernero, mayor of Lansing, by a whopping 53 percent to 26 percent in a poll of likely voters conducted Aug. 25-29 by Mitchell Research and published in the Detroit Free Press this week. Snyder has...

Published: 08/27/10

GOP Newcomer Rick Snyder Has Big Lead in Michigan Governor's Race

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
GOP Newcomer Rick Snyder Has Big Lead in Michigan Governor's Race

Former computer executive and political newcomer Rick Snyder, who won the GOP nomination for governor in Michigan earlier this month, has a huge lead over Democrat Virg Bernero, the mayor of Lansing, according to an EPIC-MRA poll conducted Aug. 21-23 for news organizations in the state. Counting likely voters who "lean" one way or the other, Snyder leads Bernero by 51 percent to 29 percent with 20 percent undecided. Seventeen percent of those who expressed a vote preference said they may yet change their minds. Both Snyder and Bernero have work to do to become better known to voters. Nearly...

Published: 08/8/10

2010 Midterms Round-Up: Races to Watch in Tuesday's Elections

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
2010 Midterms Round-Up: Races to Watch in Tuesday's Elections

Looking ahead at the primaries and runoff on Tuesday and the latest from the election battles in Kentucky, Texas and Michigan: Nomination Battles to Be Decided by Voters Tuesday in Four States Voters go to the polls Tuesday in Connecticut, Colorado, Georgia and Minnesota for contested governor and Senate nomination races. In Connecticut, former Republican Rep. Rob Simmons has surprised everyone by re-launching his dormant campaign for the GOP Senate nomination against Linda McMahon, the former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment. Colorado features battles in both parties:...

Published: 08/4/10

Insiders Win Primaries in Kansas, Missouri, but Newbie Rick Snyder Stuns in Michigan

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Insiders Win Primaries in Kansas, Missouri, but Newbie Rick Snyder Stuns in Michigan

In a midterm election year that's as anti-incumbent as they come, political stalwarts cruised to victory in primaries in Missouri and Kansas Tuesday night. But in Michigan, voters bucked the trend. Seven-term Rep. Jerry Moran won the Republican Senate nomination in Kansas. That clears the way for him in November, considering that the state hasn't elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1932. In Michigan, computer millionaire and political rookie Rick Snyder upset a veteran congressman and three others for the GOP nomination for governor. The Missouri primary for the U.S. Senate seat being...

Published: 08/3/10

Republican Rick Snyder, Political Newcomer, Wins Michigan Governor's Primary

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Republican Rick Snyder, Political Newcomer, Wins Michigan Governor's Primary

Rick Snyder, the Gateway computer entrepreneur and political novice, stunned six-term Congressman Pete Hoekstra to win the Republican nomination for Michigan governor. According to the Detroit Free Press, Snyder led the five-man GOP field with 36.8 percent of the vote, with Hoekstra trailing closest with 27.3 percent. Snyder will face Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, the Democratic nominee, in the November general election. Bernero trounced his primary opponent Andy Dillon with 61 percent of the vote. Snyder has never served in public office. He spent $6 million of his own fortune to finance his...

Published: 08/3/10

Political Newcomer Wins GOP Nod for Mich. Governor

By  not in system - AOL News
Political Newcomer Wins GOP Nod for Mich. Governor

WASHINGTON (Aug. 3) -- In a surprise primary outcome, political newcomer Rick Snyder dispatched Michigan's attorney general, a longtime congressman and two others Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in the race to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero grabbed the Democratic nod, but the GOP candidate automatically became the favorite in the economically ailing state. Michigan has the nation's second-highest unemployment rate - at 13.2 percent - and scores of foreclosures, and that has been a drag on the two-term Democratic governor. With less...

Published: 08/3/10

Races in Michigan and Kansas Launch a Busy Primary Season

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Races in Michigan and Kansas Launch a Busy Primary Season

The August primary season begins in earnest Tuesday with the focus on Republican voters in Michigan, who will choose their candidate for governor, and in Kansas, where two long-serving congressmen are competing for the seat of GOP Sen. Sam Brownback, long a leading conservative. Both the crowded Michigan race and the Kansas contest between Reps. Todd Tiahrt and Jerry Moran, are close, according to the latest polls. It is also primary day in Missouri, but there isn't much question that the namesakes of two of the state's longstanding political families -- Democrat Robin Carnahan and...

Published: 07/29/10

Race is Tight as Michigan Republicans Prepare to Pick Governor Candidate Tuesday

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Race is Tight as Michigan Republicans Prepare to Pick Governor Candidate Tuesday

Michigan Republicans are heading into Tuesday's gubernatorial primary with three candidates bunched together in a close race, according to an EPIC/MRA poll conducted July 26-27 for the Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-7. Political newcomer and former Gateway computer chief executive Rick Snyder leads the pack with 26 percent followed by state Attorney General Mike Cox at 24 percent and Rep. Pete Hoekstra at 23 percent. Two other candidates shared 11 percent and the rest were undecided. The margin of error is 4.9 points. The poll said Snyder has a big lead among primary voters who describe themselves...

Published: 07/20/10

Michigan Governor's Race: 'Undecideds' Rule Democrats, Tight Contest for GOP

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Michigan Governor's Race: 'Undecideds' Rule Democrats, Tight Contest for GOP

Democrats in Michigan will choose their candidate for governor in two weeks and while House Speaker Andy Dillon has the lead, the largest number of voters in a Detroit News/WDIV poll conducted July 12-13 are those who are undecided. On the Republican side, three candidates are bunched together as the August 3 primary approaches. Dillon runs ahead of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero by 34.3 percent to 25.1 percent with 39.5 percent undecided. The margin of error is 4.9 points. Dillon has leads over Bernero ranging from 6 to 8 points when it comes to who voters think has the best plan to improve...

Published: 06/2/10

Republicans Have the Edge Going into Michigan Governor Race

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Republicans Have the Edge Going into Michigan Governor Race

While the crowded primary races for the Republican and Demnocratic gubernatorial nominations in Michigan have yet to sort themselves out, match-ups among the candidates of both parties point to a GOP advantage going into the general election, according to a Public Policy Polling survey conducted May 25-27. Political newcomer Rick Snyder, the former chief of Gateway computers, Rep. Pete Hoesktra and Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard all lead the two top Democrats Democrats vying for their party's nod -- state House Speaker Andy Dillon and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero. The match-ups with two...

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