LANSING -- An exclusive News 10/EPIC-MRA poll shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder leading Democrat Virg Bernero by 20 percentage points ahead of their Nov. 2 election.
Forty percent of respondents said they'll vote for Snyder, another 9 percent leaning toward the Ann Arbor businessman. That's compared with 23 percent who would elect Bernero, and 6 percent who lean toward him.
A News 10 poll back in September had Snyder ahead 24 percentage points, meaning Lansing's mayor has made up ground.
Still, much work lies ahead for the underdog. Snyder leads by 13 points among union members (generally a staple for Bernero) and 34 points among independent voters.
He also edges Bernero among anti-abortion rights voters (Bernero leads by 8 points among pro-choice voters), holds a 23-points lead with men and a 16-points advantage among women.
Bernero's strenghts are voters voters in Wayne County and Detroit and young voters. He edges Snyder by 8 points among voters age 18 to 29. All other age groups favor Snyder.
Bernero did trail Rep. Andy Dillon in the Democratic primary before a comeback ahead of that August election cycle, but polls had hinted that he was a contender.
This time around, Bernero has just 23 days to close a very wide margin.