A new Inside Michigan Politics/Revsix/Change Media poll has Michigan State Representative Gretchen Driskell up five points over incumbent tea party Republican Tim Walberg in the 7th District Congressional race. The pollsters polled a sample of voters that was 30% Democrats, 36% Republicans and 34% Independents and Driskell came in with 42%. Walberg had 37% and 21% were undecided. The 5-point lead was just inside the margin of error. Driskell did particularly well among independents, 46-27%, an astonishing 19-point gap.
“The results are somewhat surprising, given the fact that Tim Walberg is a well-established, four-term incumbent, and Gretchen Driskell is unknown in big swaths of the district. But Walberg has faced tough elections before, and he’s been able to count on help from big-name groups like Club for Growth,” said Susan J. Demas, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.
Notably, Walberg’s 2014 Democratic opponent, Pam Byrnes, came in 5-points behind Walberg, showing the strength of Driskell’s support. Byrnes has announced that she will NOT be running in the Democratic primary for this seat.
This Friday, March 27th, Driskell is holding a “March Madness Fundraiser” from noon-1:30 p.m. at Bar Louie, 401 East Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104:
For more information and to RSVP, go to the event page on Facebook HERE.
There will also be a Delta Township Fundraiser with Special Guest Mark Schauer on Monday, March 30th from 6pm to 7:30pm at the home of Andrea and Chuck Cascarilla – 1804 Canyon Trail, Delta Township. It will be hosted by Andrea Cascarilla and Kelly Rossman-McKinney.