Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Terri Lynn Land enters Senate contest for GOP, trails Peters

The Detroit mayoral contest isn't the only political news to update.  Since I wrote about  the endorsements of Gary Peters for U.S. Senate and Mark Schauer announcing his candidacy for Governor, there have been new developments in both races.

First, Terri Lynn Land has thrown her hat into the ring for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.  WOOD-TV has the story in GOP, Dems hope to avoid Senate primary.

Both Democrats and Republicans want to win the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by longtime Democratic Sen.Carl Levin in 2014. But both sides have something else in common when it comes to the high-profile race.
Next, Public Policy Polling (PPP) released the first poll of the Governor's contest since Schauer announced.  The result is that Schauer leads Snyder by 4%.  Considering that Schauer has very low name recognition, that's remarkable, and could mean that Schauer could easily increase his lead.

PPP also just released their Senate poll with the headline Peters leads GOP field in Michigan.  The news is not good for Land.
PPP's first look at the Michigan Senate race since Carl Levin's retirement announcement finds Democrat Gary Peters as the early front runner, leading 8 different potential Republican candidates by anywhere from 5 to 20 points.

The strongest potential Republican candidate at this point is former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, who announced her candidacy this week. She trails Peters by 5 points at 41/36. Land is the best known person considering the race too, although she still has just 50% name recognition.
I'm sure I'll have more later, when I write up the poll results for

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