A new poll shows small business owner and Iraq Vet John James is within striking distance of beating incumbent liberal Senator Debbie Stabenow in Michigan.
Stabenow once led by over 20%, now she’s only up by 7%. She has been in elected office since the 70’s, and has been a US Senator since 2001.
James recently doubled Stabenow in quarterly fundraising numbers, an impressive feat for the political rookie against the well-connected and well-funded incumbent.
According to The Hill:
“Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) now holds just a single-digit lead over her GOP challenger in a poll released Thursday that just last month showed her ahead by more than 20 points.
An EPIC-MRA survey commissioned by the Detroit Free Press found that Stabenow now leads John James (R), an Army veteran and first-time political candidate, by 7 points. James previously trailed by 23 points in the poll, which was in line with others from the race that mostly show Stabenow with a double-digit lead.
Just two polls recorded by RealClearPolitics over the course of the Michigan campaign show a single-digit gap between the two, and the average lead for Stabenow on the polling site sits at 10.7 points.
According to the most recent poll, James’s surge is attributed to a rise in President Trump’s approval ratings in the state as well as increased Republican voter enthusiasm in recent days following the successful confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.”