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Hoekstra has establishment edge but not insurmountable margin in thefinal days before the Republican primary for United States Senator, per(FMW)
July 31, 2012
Former U.S. Congressman Pete Hoekstra has a healthy advantage going into theAugust 7
Republican Primary for U.S. Senate. In spite of the advantage, Hoekstrahas not yet sealed the deal and has allowed enough room for late charging ClarkDurant to pull together a primary voting coalition of Tea Party, Independents,African Americans and others similar to Governor Rick Snyder in 2010.
In the national battle between the Republican Party and Democratic Party forcontrol of Congress, the Michigan Senate Seat held by two term Senator DebbieStabenow is considered attainable to most observers. Early on, it looked as if PeteHoekstra would have an easy road to the Republican nomination. However missteps incampaign messaging and the surprising challenge of businessman and Cornerstone
School’s founder Clark Durant has taken the air of inevitability from Hoekstra.
In spite of significant name identification and institutional organization advantage, Hoekstra doesnot have the insurmountable margin one would expect. With the Republican primary lessthan one week away Pete Hoekstra has a 39.76% to 23.59% lead over Clark Durant, with15.31% selecting another candidate and 24.04% being undecided. With candidate andleading Tea Party advocate Gary Glenn throwing his support to Durant and late spendingby a Pro Durant Super PAC, this race should go down to the wire.Foster McCollum White Baydoun (FMW)
, a national public opinion polling andvoter analytics consulting firm
based in Michigan and representing the combinedresources of Foster McCollum White & Associates (Troy Michigan) and BaydounConsulting (Dearborn Michigan) conducted a telephone-automated polling randomsurvey of Michigan registered and most likely November 2012 general election voters todetermine their voting and issue preferences for:
The baseline for likely United States Senate general election match ups.
The baseline for the Republican senate nomination primary contest (filterquestion subset of total aggregate universe).