New polling sheds light on potential races for Governor, Senate


LANSING, Mich. (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) - New polling is out in the race for Governor and U.S. Senate--including what could happen if Kid Rock decided to run for office.

Political Reporter Nick Minock joined us in Lansing to break down the numbers.

Kid Rock hasn't jumped in the race for U.S. Senate yet, but if he were to begin his campaign right now, new polling from Target-Insyght shows he's within striking distance.

Kid Rock says as he mulls a run for U.S. Senate, he's focusing on registering new voters at his concerts. If the rough rocker were to run, a new poll from Target-Insyght shows Debbie Stabenow beating him 50%-42%.

That's not a huge margin, but pollster Bernie Porn, with EPIC-MRA, says Rock's likability could plummet.

"He also has an awful lot of baggage," the pollster said.

Stabenow has $5.8 million in the bank for her reelection campaign as she fights much of President Trump's agenda on Capitol Hill.

"The fact is the only change this guy cares about is the change in his own pocket," said Stabenow.

"Right now the situation in Michigan based on our polling, President Trump has a 61% negative job rating," said Porn.

He says that could also hurt Republicans running for Governor next year.

A new Target-Insyght poll shows Gretchen Whitmer and Geoffrey Fieger tied at 35% in the Democratic primary for Governor.

"I really think one of the lessons of 2016 is that you can't take anyone, or any person, or any voter, or any community for granted," Whitmer said.

This is a hypothetical matchup, because right now, Fieger has not jumped into the race yet.

He is airing television ads promoting his law firm; ads that look a lot like political advertisements--fueling speculation.

"In my America there are still things worth fighting for," the lawyer says during one such ad.

In a hypothetical GOP primary for Governor, Target-Insyght found AG Bill Schuette is at 42% and Brian Calley sits at 14% among likely voters.

Porn says Calley's campaign for a part time legislature is floundering.

"I think the whole idea of a part time legislature was something that backfired on him," he said.

But Calley says his ballot proposal is still popular.

"I've seen some polling even that suggested overall that 70% support of Michigan voters on a part time legislature," Calley said.

Neither Schuette nor Calley have announced they are running for Governor.

On the Democratic side for Governor, Shri Thanedar and Abdul-El Sayed were way behind Whitmer, registering in the single digits in the Target-Insyght poll.

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