No clear front-runners in major elections as we approach Labor Day

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For the first time in 24 polls taken over more than a year, there's been a big change in the race for Governor of Michigan.

Democrat Mark Schauer leads in the latest EPIC-MRA poll, and while it's only one poll in the summertime, the fact that we're less than three months out and incumbent Rick Snyder is in a close race with his Democratic challenger is a surprise to some observers.

EPIC-MRA reported that Schauer was ahead by two points in a poll of 600 likely voters. Just a couple weeks ago, CBS News ran a poll with more than 3,500 registered voters--as a much bigger sample would likely give a better result--and that poll had Governor Snyder up by three points.

There's no question, however, that it's a close race as we approach Labor Day. An average of polls as collected by shows Snyder's poll support holding roughly steady around 45 percent, while Schauer has been on an upswing since early July.

The other big race we're watching is the U.S. Senate race, which is also very close right now.

CBS News did polling on the race in the last month, and found Republican Terri Lynn Land up by one point, while a handful of other polls show Representative Gary Peters with a lead of between one and seven points.

This one is close as well.

Both candidates have visited West Michigan over the last couple of weeks.

And if you think we still have a long way to go, think again--absentee ballots for this all-important November election will start going out in the mail next month.