The former governor of Michigan is facing a tough challenge from Republican incumbent Greg Schiano and a challenge from the state’s GOP establishment to take back the seat in November.
The Associated PressElection night at the Wayne County Courthouse in Detroit.
Rick Snyder is running for reelection in November in a special election in which the incumbent is facing off against former Michigan Gov.
The Associated Americans poll shows that Republicans have an edge over Democrats with 54 percent of the vote compared to 44 percent for Democrats.
Snyder won reelection in 2010 and 2012 by nearly 8 percentage points.
A Republican-controlled Legislature and Snyder’s conservative agenda helped put the state on the road to economic recovery after the Great Recession.
But Snyder is up against a Republican-led legislature and Republican-dominated governor, and the party has been struggling to find a candidate capable of taking on the challenge of an incumbent Democrat.
Democrats are hoping to put a strong candidate in the contest to try to unseat the incumbent and help Democrats in a state where more than 60 percent of voters are African-American.
The AP/OPM poll shows a slight lead for Democrats among likely voters in the race.
The AP/MCT poll has the race tied at 46 percent, while the AP/ORC poll has it tied at 47 percent.
MICHIGAN STATE SENATOR GEORGE GRAHAMSIMMER (R) GRAHAM, who was in office for less than two years and is seeking his fifth term, is a conservative Democrat who was elected in 2006.
He has strong support among independents, and his popularity is among those who are less educated, lower-income and older than the rest of Michigan.
Graham, a former Michigan state senator, is facing Democratic challenger Michael Houser in a hotly contested race that could determine control of the state Senate in November for the first time since 2011.
Housers campaign is relying heavily on his opposition to President Donald Trump, whom he describes as an authoritarian.
In an interview with the AP, Graham said he wants to protect the environment and that he has no interest in running against the governor.
He has said he would work to help the state improve its economy, particularly in manufacturing and health care, and he is skeptical that Trump’s agenda will lead to jobs and economic growth.
His office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Michigan GOP is hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2016 election when the party’s establishment candidate, former Republican Gov.
Jim Blanchard, lost to Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar.