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Poll shows tight race for governor between Whitmer and Craig

The Democrat and Republican are separated by only 1% in a poll exclusive to ABC12
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican James Craig are two top contenders for Michigan...
Democrat Gretchen Whitmer and Republican James Craig are two top contenders for Michigan governor in 2022.(source: WJRT)
Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 12:46 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - New poll results released on Monday show a tight race for governor in Michigan between Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican James Craig.

The EPIC-MRA poll exclusive to ABC12 shows the two candidates separated by only one percentage point, which is well within the margin of error. Results show 45% of likely voters support Whitmer for a second term while 44% of likely voters support Craig, who is a retired Detroit police chief.

In that same poll, 52% of respondents said they didn’t recognize Craig’s name, who is considered a top contender for the Republican nomination. Another 17% said they recognize Craig’s name, but haven’t formed an opinion of him yet.

“It is clearly a horse race at this juncture,” said Bernie Porn of EPIC-MRA.

The same poll shows Whitmer’s approval rating down from last spring.

“In previous tests, we have had slightly more saying the state was heading in the right direction,” Porn said. “Now you’ve got a few points more saying it is off on the wrong track and you’ve got 63 percent giving a negative rating to the Michigan economy.”

The Detroit News commissioned some questions on the poll about COVID-19 vaccine and masks in Michigan. It found that 52% of respondents said they agree with a mask mandate, but only 33% agree with a vaccine mandate.

The poll involved 600 likely voters with a margin of error of 4%.

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