Double digit leads must be very helpful when you’re deciding if you’ll run
Congressman Gary Peters from Michigan’s 14th Congressional District leads his nearest opponent in the race to replace Senator Carl Levin when he retires in 2014 by a factor of two in a recent poll conducted by Main Street Strategies. Of the four leading candidates, Peters has a very clear early lead with 24.8% of the vote. Former MI-01 Congressman Bart Stupak was favored by 11.7% of the 1,032 respondents, Debbie Dingell — wife of U.S. Congressman John Dingell — got 9.2% and former Congressman Mark Schauer came in at 9.0%:
Joe DiSano, partner with Main Street Strategies, the Lansing-based political consulting firm that conducted the poll, says the poll puts Peters in a very good position to win the Democratic primary next year. “Democrats are still getting used to the idea of Carl Levin stepping away from the US Senate, but at this point, Gary Peters is in a strong position to claim the Democratic nomination,” said DiSano. “While many voters are undecided, the fact that Peters’ support doubles his nearest competitor is a clear sign that Peters is the strongest candidate Democrats can field in 2014.”
It’s going to be an interesting race, to be sure.