AG Candidates Still Mainly Unknown

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

You can call them the $64,000 questions:

Do you know who David Leyton is? And do you know who Bill Schuette is.

The answers Thursday ranged from no, to yes, but no one knew what they were running for. That's probably not music to the ears of the candidates for attorney general.

"I'm working very hard to be Michigan's next attorney general and to put public safety first," says republican Schuette.

"We're going to continue to campaign all across the state, telling people I'm the prosecutor-- he's the career politician," says democrat Leyton.

But a few weeks outside the elections, name recognition still dogs both men.

"It's an 'I know I should know that name'-- that faint recollection," explains Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants.

In our exclusive EPIC-MRA poll, the numbers show Schuette is leading Leyton by a 14-point margin. But the overwhelming number of undecideds-- 31 percent-- indicates not just that people haven't made up their minds, but that they also don't know who the candidates are.

"It's a tough position to run for. The fact people don't know their names is a little surprising," Williams says.

It's also disheartening, he adds, because electing an attorney general should be high on voters' priority lists.

"This is a very important position in Michigan. It's one of the top four elected in the state. It's a critical component of how government functions," Williams says.

While Leyton is a career prosecutor, and Schuette is a former lawmaker and judge, the candidates come from different backgrounds. But their goal right now-- to be known-- remains the same.


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