Businessman Sandy Pensler is leading John James in the latest poll for the Michigan Republican Senate race.
Pensler leads James 21% to 17%, and 62% of voters are undecided.
Pensler consultant John Yob says Pensler’s outsider status and “Michigan First” message is resonating with voters.
“Sandy Pensler has taken the lead over John James in the US Senate Primary based on substantial margins in West and Northern Michigan,” Yob said.“His ad campaign emphasizing his background as an outsider businessman in manufacturing is resonating with Michiganders. His opposition to sanctuary cities, and support for renegotiating unfair trade deals is catching on with voters hungry for a candidate with the resources to take the fight to Debbie Stabenow.”
Yob is the CEO of Strategic National, who commissioned the poll.
Also included was a question about the Governor’s race. Those numbers show a large lead for Attorney General Bill Schuette has dwindled to single digits.
Schuette leads with 28% followed by Lt. Governor Brian Calley with 17%. State Senator Patrick Colbeck received 7%, adn Dr. Jim Hines received 3%. The race remains wide open with 45% of voters undecided.
“These numbers are likely to continue to move in Calley’s direction as his name ID catches up with Bill Schuette,” Yob said.
The Strategic National survey was conducted March 19-20th, including 400 likely Republican Primary voters.
Michigan voters will decide the races in early August.