Gretchen Driskell, seen here with former U.S. Representative Mark Schauer at a campaign event in February, leads Tim Walberg by five points in the first poll of the contest for Walberg's seat.Driskell leads Walberg by five points in first poll of campaign
Gretchen Driskell for Congress on Facebook, with permission.
While the election is more than a year away and Democratic State Representative Gretchen Driskell only declared her candidacy for Republican U.S. Representative Tim Walberg's seat in Congress last month, she has already achieved a small victory in her quest for higher office.More at the link in the headline.
Yesterday morning, Inside Michigan Politics released the results of a poll it commissioned as a press release. This first poll in the contest for Michigan's Seventh Congressional District showed Driskell leading Walberg by five points, 42 percent to 37 percent with 21 percent undecided.
Driskell's campaign welcomed the news. On the campaign's Facebook page, she wrote "this poll shows what I've been hearing from working families, seniors, and small business owners every day: voters are ready for a representative who works on their behalf."
Dennis Darnoi, Director of Analytics and Research for Revsix, which conducted the poll, said in the press release "these numbers show what astute political observers already know, namely Michigan's 7th Congressional District can be a competitive battleground. In a presidential year, and with the right candidate and the right strategy, Democrats have a real opportunity to win this seat."
This is the first Examiner.com article I've written for the 2016 campaign and there are nearly 20 months to go. Looks like it will be a long slog. I'm sure I'm up for it.