A poll released Wednesday shows the race is close between Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos.
Forty-six percent of 600 likely voters said they would vote for DeVos, while 44 percent said they would vote for Granholm. Ten percent were undecided. The poll by Lansing-based EPIC-MRA was conducted June 13 through Tuesday and had a sampling error margin of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
A poll conducted June 5-9 by EPIC-MRA had DeVos leading 48 percent to 40 percent. Both the Granholm and DeVos campaigns said when that poll came out that other polls showed the race much closer.
In the latest poll, 41 percent gave Granholm a positive rating and a 58 percent negative rating, with 1 percent undecided, similar to her numbers earlier this month.
WILX Senior Capital Correspondent Tim Skubick attributes the tightening in the latest poll, at least in part, to the television ads being run on Governor Granholm's behalf by the Michigan Democratic party. DeVos has been running an ad blitz since February and Granholm had not responded when the first poll was taken in early June.
The new poll was conducted for television stations WXYZ in Detroit, WILX in Lansing, WOOD in Grand Rapids and WJRT in Flint. A May poll by EPIC-MRA had DeVos at 46 percent and Granholm at 45 percent.