Poll: Pete Hoekstra Leads in GOP U.S. Senate Primary

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

UPDATE - News 10 spoke with the candidates about what they hope to accomplish should they get elected.

Pete Hoekstra promised to target job creation and believe that is the most important to Michigan.

"We need to put in policy at the national level that allows for job growth and job creation in Michigan," Hoekstra said.

Clark Durant calls himself a 'Rebel with a Cause' and vows to challenge the status quo.

"These universities and schools who have been piling debt upon these kids and giving them a piece of paper that doesn't qualify them for a job that will allow them to pay that debt back, that's morally wrong besides being practically wrong and that has to change."

Meanwhile, former navy lieutenant and judge Randy Hekman says he is not giving up despite numbers in the polls. He is focusing his campaign on debt reduction through cutting costs, especially through welfare.

"We need to transfer the welfare business back to where it was before we started this unsuccessful war on poverty and that was to charities, non-profits, churches, extended families and neighbors who can mentor people and move them lovingly from dependence to independence," Hekman said.

A "Voice of the Voter" poll shows Pete Hoekstra is the big frontrunner, with 40% of voters leaning his way. His biggest opponent is Clark Durant, who has 22% of the vote. Randy Heckman is trailing with just 2% of the vote. 34% of the voters are still undecided.

If Hoekstra wins the Republican primary, he's got some work to do to beat Stabenow. If the election were held today, 35% of voters would choose Hoekstra, while 49% would stick with Stabenow. 16% are undecided.

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  • by Will Location: Stockbridge on Aug 1, 2012 at 12:30 AM
    I do not like his name. He will not get my vote. Names are important in my family.
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