A new poll shows former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young is leading the Republican field for US Senate in the Great Lakes State, but the nomination is up for grabs as the overwhelming majority of voters are undecided.
When likely Republican voters were asked who they support, Young came in first with 11% followed by John James with 9% and Sandy Pensler with 5%. 75% of respondents were undecided.
James is a Veteran, West Point graduate, and a business owner.
Pensler is a businessman who rescues failing companies.
It’s interesting to see that Young has passed James, though with 75% of voters being undecided, it’s clearly anyone’s race: all 3 candidates are almost in a statistical dead heat given the poll’s margin of error.
The most interesting thing to watch will be the numbers after Pensler begins running advertising that could begin early next year. He reportedly will spend several million dollars in the primary.
Given James and Young’s fundraising woes, it may be immensely difficult for them to keep up with Pensler. Young and James had only $100,000 and $200,000 cash on hand, respectively, at the end of last quarter.
While she has been difficult to beat before, Republicans are emboldened by President Trump’s 2016 victory and hope to carry that momentum into next year. RNC Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel says she will put resources into the campaign after a nominee is decided.
The poll was conducted by Strategic National, the same firm who correctly predicted President Trump’s historic win in the Great Lakes State. 600 voters were surveyed.