Republican Rick Snyder, former head of Gateway computers and one of this year's crop of "outsider" faces, is leading Democrat Virg Bernero, mayor of Lansing, by a whopping 53 percent to 26 percent in a poll of likely voters conducted Aug. 25-29 by Mitchell Research and published in the Detroit Free Press this week.
Snyder has similarly lopsided lead among men and women voters, and independents.
As big as that lead is, the Free Press says the pollster cautioned that Michigan is still a very competitive state for Democrats and the margin is likely to close as election day nears.
Polling analysts predict big gains for Republicans this year in gubernatorial contests and if Snyder wins, he would be taking a seat held by Democrat Jennifer Granholm, who couldn't run again due to term limits. Granholm got the job following Republican John Engler who, in turn, followed Democrat James Blanchard.
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