January 12th, 2008
06:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Two polls show tight race in Michigan

Romney, McCain, and Huckabee are in a tight race in Michigan.
Romney, McCain, and Huckabee are in a tight race in Michigan.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republicans John McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee are in a three-way battle for the top spot in Michigan, two new polls out Saturday suggest.

According to a just released Detroit News poll, McCain holds a statistically insignificant 1 point lead over Mitt Romney there, 27 percent to 26 percent. Huckabee is close behind with 19 percent.

Meanwhile, a new American Research Group poll shows McCain with a 7 point lead over Romney, 34 percent to 27 percent. Huckabee stands at 15 percent in that poll.

Both polls carry a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: John McCain • Mike Huckabee • Mitt Romney
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. Ian

    Good for McCain for serving in the military (seriously), but tell me again how that makes him a good candidate for president? Just because he won one primary doesn't mean anything.

    January 13, 2008 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  2. Pete, Denver, Colorado

    Stop the polling! Romney is from MI, McCain can't remember how to get their and it isn't religious enough for Huckabee. Pete's poll says Romney by 5%, +/-4%.

    January 13, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  3. Brian C

    McCain is a closet lib –immigration policies are a disaster. Look at his record. He is running on his opinion of the troop surge which was happening regardless of what McCain has to say. LOOK AT THE REST OF HIS HISTORY –not good. Huckabee seems a little sleazy... especially with his ill-informed remarks regarding Mitt's religion (odd coming from him), and other "liberal" views in certain areas. Guliani has simply screwed up his campaign with his lazy "stratagies." I like Thompson, but he decided to finally show up too late in the game. The national polls listed in an earlier post are a joke. Have we learned nothing from the primaries and caucuses?? What is the point of taking a poll that isn't going to take place for 10 months? Pollsters can't get it right the day before an election!! DO NOT let the national polls effect your decision. Who will be the best president? We need a manager, a guy who understands the economy, someone who will keep our nation safe from terrorism. I think the only reason Romney is not leading nationally is because much of the nation knows little about his views –only the sound bites of a screwed up media, who are constantly slanting things. With another 10 or so months to go to the election –and if he (Mitt) is Republican nominee, people would get to know him well –and would rally around this guy. I think he would match up well against any of the democrats. In the end, I think he would win comfortably because I think once republicans come to the realization of what would happen with Hillary or Obama at the helm –they will show up at the polls in droves and will win the presidency –way too much at stake this go around...

    January 13, 2008 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  4. chevos

    I get tired of John McCain saying that he doesn't want to call a soldier and tell him that his mother or wife is being deported. Anyone serving in the military is either a citizen or has the opportunity to become one. As a citizen, anyone over 18 can request legal residency for his/her parents or wife. Why would the parents or wives be deported? I feel he is trying to gloss over, or justify, his poor record on immigration.

    January 13, 2008 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  5. Susan

    Most definitely, no Romney! Just won't vote for him, simply don't like him, even if it mean Dems will win in the end. As for McCain, won't vote for him, either. He should know Huckabee is the best one to lead. Once I know Huckabee won't be the nominee of the Republican party, when he clearly shows he has the quality to be a good leader of this country, I just want to be an independent. What difference does Republicans make anyway? They won't really uphold what's right anyway. Let this country's president be named Hussein Obama or Hillary, not much difference anyway. All the same.

    January 13, 2008 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  6. arnold jide akingbemila

    i dont like how cnn show one candidate,they should try to pay attention to all the candidates.

    January 13, 2008 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  7. Dan Pulley

    Finally, a candidate that can make a difference.
    Mitt does have the formula for change.

    January 13, 2008 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  8. GARTH M ROGERS

    What is so amazing to me is that Mitt Romney is in a very strong first place position with 30 Delegates; compared to Huckabee's 18 Delegates and McCain's measley 10 Delegates!!!!

    Mitt Romney won 8 Delegates in just Wyoming alone, compared to "McCain's New Hampshire news media frenzy victory" (McCain received only 7 Delegates for his effort).

    It has probably been like "survivor Island" for Mitt Romney. Because you have all of the Republican candidates in an alliance against Mitt Romney trying to destroy his "strong and VERY POWERFUL presidential image". Even the news media and press are telling Mitt Romney to drop out of the race; that he is destroyed, finished!

    Mitt Romney deals with adversity, because he really does care about the direction this country has taken. He has small meetings because Mitt likes the opportunity to listen/talk to people on a one-on-one basis. He wants to win this race and it shows!

    All you hear about Mitt Romney is his executive business side: But do you have any idea what it took Mitt Romney to become Govenor of Mass and in the process be forced to take on Senator Ted Kennedy supporting the Democratic candidate? In the process Mitt Romney took apart Senator Ted Kennedy brilliantly! Afterwards Mitt Romney was then able to get Senator Ted Kennedy to then endorse his group health plan for Mass! Showing his strong ability in working with Democrats and Republicans alike in getting the job done! Do you have any idea how hard it is for a Republican to become govenor in a Democratic State like Mass??? And then anfterwards uniting the two parties in getting all of the changes for Mass???

    Mitt Romney is presidential, he will also take apart any democrat placed in front of him! Anyone else will fall short!

    THE DEMOCRATS WILL WIN: unless we all unite around the real front runner and next President Mitt Romney!

    January 13, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  9. ctx

    If everyone does their "HOMEWORK" there is no doubt McCain will be the next President of the US, and I'm not necessarily a McCain fan.

    January 13, 2008 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  10. Dale Davis, Glendora, California

    If Mitt Romney wins Michigan, the media will just say. Oh, he is from Michigan anyway. But, if John Mc Liberal wins, they will give him thunderous accolades.They won't give Mitt ANY credit. JUST KEEP ON TRUCKIN' MITT. YOU WILL STILL LEAD IN TOTAL DELEGATES AND THAT'S WHAT COUNTS.

    January 13, 2008 02:27 am at 2:27 am |
  11. ctx

    Phil,

    Eloquently put!

    January 13, 2008 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  12. M

    Does anybody remember McCain last year in the following:

    Illegal Aliens do the jobs Americans won't do. McCain had the nerve to challenge the American people that he would pay $50 an hour to anyone who would come to his ranch and work the fields the way the Illegal Aliens do.

    Remember the phrase "JOBS AMERICANS WON'T DO?"

    January 13, 2008 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  13. Gonzales

    yusupha Abdoulie

    Are you really black or are you a McCain supporter?

    January 13, 2008 04:52 am at 4:52 am |
  14. Everyone Be Cautious

    I read a great book authored by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins entitled "Left Behind". The book introduces a great man by the name of Nicoloae Carpathia Which ended up to be the Antichrist. This man described as the new Romanian ambassador to the U.N. He was young, dashing, charming, persuasive, well dressed, well spoken, and no blemishes on his record. This man was very popular with his colleagues and the people. He was in the lower house of deputies and rose to the occasion from nowhere to unseat the President of Romania without an election. Everyone become under the man's hypnotic power. Now the story goes on in the next books -Tribulation Force and of course, Nicolae. The Barrack Obahma story–in most respects, paints the same story.

    I love you Oprah for supporting this brother, but my gut tells me these are the years before the coming of Christ. Proceed with Caution!

    January 13, 2008 05:10 am at 5:10 am |
  15. McAfee

    FI January 12, 2008 3:48 pm ET

    Does anybody remember McCain last year in the following:

    Illegal Aliens do the jobs Americans won't do. McCain had the nerve to challenge the American people that he would pay $50 an hour to anyone who would come to his ranch and work the fields the way the Illegal Aliens do.

    Remember the phrase "JOBS AMERICANS WON'T DO?"

    HE'S NOT TALKING ABOUT ILLEGALS BUT HE STILL WANTS TO DO IT. IF HE IS ELECTED, HE WILL WORK WITH KENNEDY AND THE REST OF THE CROWD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. REMEMBER LINDSEY GRAHAM ALSO SUPPORTED THE AMNESTY BILL, FOLKS.

    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE PUT McCAIN ON THE SPOT AND MAKE HIM TAKE A STAND ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW JUST WHERE THAT MAN STANDS.

    I THOUGHT MITT ROMNEY WAS GOING TO DO IT BUT HE IS NOT TAKING THE FIGHT TO McCAIN. AND FRED THOMPSON IS ONLY INTERESTED IN THUMPING HUCKABEE BECAUSE McCAIN IS HIS FRIEND.

    THIS NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT OUT BEFORE THE SOUTH CAROLILNA PRIMARY. IF YOU WANT AMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS, McCAIN IS YOUR GUY.
    __

    THIS MAKES NO SENSE TO ME THAT PEOPLE WOULD BE SO UPSET WITH McCAIN AND THEN TURN AROUND AND VOTE FOR HIM. WHAT'S THAT ALL ABOUT. I WOULD NEVER VOTE FOR McCAIN.

    DO YOU THINK THIS BOSSY WAR MONGERER CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT AMNESTY FOR ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION.

    IF McCAIN IS THE CANDIDATE, THE IMMIGRATION ISSUE IS OFF THE TABLE IN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND THAT'S THE BEST THING THE REPUBLICANS HAVE GOING FOR THEM.
    AM I RIGHT OR WRONG.

    January 13, 2008 05:19 am at 5:19 am |
  16. McAfee

    IS ALL OF THIS TRUE? CHECK IT OUT!!

    rachel lanore January 11, 2008 10:15 pm ET

    What does all this say about McCain's character? These blurbs are from goggling his wives…. Carol, Cindy… wow…

    According to the newspaper, McCain returned to Jacksonville in 1973 after more than five years as a prisoner of war to find that his wife was a different person. Carol McCain, once a model, had been badly injured in a car wreck in 1969. The article recounts that her injuries "left her 4 inches shorter and on crutches, and she gained a good deal of weight."
    By 1979, McCain was concerned that his Naval career was not advancing and pondering his future. He met Cindy Hensley, an attractive 25-year-old woman from a wealthy Arizona family. McCain courted her and married her in May 1980 — a month after getting a divorce.
    Carol McCain waited for the return of her husband from his Vietnamese captivity for five and a half long years; as McCain idolator David Grann put it in the New Republic, she was "a kind of modern-day Penelope to McCain's Odysseus." She carried her burden with nobility, and resolve, staying faithful to the man she refused to believe she had lost – even in the face of her own tragedy. It was Christmas Eve, 1969, while driving along a snowbound street, that she went crashing into a telephone pole: the impact hurled her through the windshield. She lost her left leg, ruptured her spleen, and went through a long series of agonizingly painful operations. Before the accident, she had been a statuesque beauty who worked as a model; she came out of it with four inches subtracted from her height, broken in body – but not in spirit. Her love for her war hero husband forbade her from letting him know anything of her condition: he knew nothing of the accident, and she refused to write him about it since it would only make his burden heavier.

    From Justin's website;
    THE RETURN OF THE INGRATE
    Any man would be lucky to have such a fierce, unbending love: she stuck by him, agitating for his release, and living for the day of his return. Her devotion was repaid with rejection. He learned of her accident on the plane home, and wasted no time in getting rid of her. He was soon back to his old tricks of playing the field – "just as he had at the Naval Academy," says Grann – and soon sought a divorce. He openly acknowledges that his behavior was solely responsible for the break-up of his marriage, and seems to glory in the macho role while simultaneously professing at least some sense of remorse: "I think she has reason to be bitter," McCain told one interviewer.

    I think this is going to be a problem again for Him, plus the Keating Five

    Well, Google the names of the two ladies and see for yourself.

    January 13, 2008 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  17. G

    THERE IS A MOVEMENT IN THIS COUNTRY TO MAKE PEOPLE
    INTO SHEEPLE. YOU'RE BEING LED TO BELIEVE THAT YOU
    HAVE A CHOICE BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES. WELL, YOU
    DO THANKS TO RON PAUL. THIS ELECTION IS THE LAST
    GASP FOR FREEDOM IN THE U.S. DON'T BLOW THIS LAST
    CHANCE TO RESTORE CONSTITUTIONAL GOV'T AND GIVE
    IT BACK TO THE PEOPLE. VOTE FOR RON PAUL.
    IF YOU HAVE ANY DOUBTS ABOUT HIM DUE TO THE SMEAR
    CAMPAIGN AGAINST HIM, VISIT HIS WEB SITE AND READ
    HIS STATEMENTS, WATCH HIS VIDEOS. HIS NEWSLETTER
    MUST HAVE BEEN INFILTRATED BY A BUNCH OF NEO-CONS.
    RON PAUL IS A LIBERTARIAN. LIBERTARIANS JUDGE PEO-
    PLE AS INDIVIDUALS, NOT AS A GROUP. THAT'S WHAT
    LIBERTARIANISM IS ABOUT, THE INDIVIDUAL.
    DON'T VOTE FOR AN ESTABLISHMENT CANDIDATE OR
    YOU WILL GET MORE OF THE SAME. BUSH & CLINTON
    CLONES. THERE'S NOT A DIMES WORTH OF DIFFERENCE
    BETWEEN THEM. YOU WILL STILL GET BIG, EXPENSIVE,
    INTRUSIVE GOVERNMENT. PLEASE THINK IT THRU'
    BEFORE YOU VOTE. DO THE RESEARCH.
    VOTE FOR RON PAUL.
    PAY ATTN TO THE RECOUNT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE'S VOTE!!!

    January 13, 2008 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  18. AnnAloha, PA Independent Thinker

    Did anybody ever think that since(whether you want to believe it or not) Senator Clinton is a conservative Democrat and a POWERFUL Business woman, that many women Republicans will vote for her?
    Don't look now but, I'm hearing alot of Republican women thinking about it...just ask my past supervisors.

    Only in America

    January 13, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  19. Danny

    Romney could buy Rush and the talking heads but he can not buy the presidency. It is sad that the "Limbaugh Liberals" have been able to hurt Huckabee with their lies. Romney's miraculous conversion to conservatism just in time for the presidential race is blatantly see through. I urge all Republicans to be done with Romney and Limbaugh! Rudy is more conservative than these two liberal clowns!

    You sold out Rush!

    January 13, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  20. curt

    Was Hillary once a republican ?

    January 13, 2008 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. Tim, Minnesota

    "google, before you vote"

    January 13, 2008 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  22. Tim, Minnesota

    Rudy extorts 9/11, McCain extorts his P.O.W. fairy tale

    January 13, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  23. Jack K.

    Nice to see the GOP is still keeping their "top-3" in the fold.

    The DEM party has dropped John Edwards completely. Once the lobbyists and special interest groups realized when he said: " I won't accept money from any lobbyists or special interests, and his vote could not be bouth–that he wasn't just talkiing about the finacier's, energy, or pharmaceutical industries-he also meant the NEA, AARP, ACLU, ASLPCA, AND UNIONS–the party leadership began a massive campaign against John Edwards.

    Beginning with Kerry (lead pimp and wimp)...and now every Senator or Congressman they can arm twist to come out for Obama or Clinton. The DNC leadership is on a jihad to eliminate Edwards. Why....because if he stays the lobbyists and special interest money fueling the DEM party (in record amounts I might add) may dry up.

    Why else would the DNC distance itself from Edwards when:
    1. He was #2 in Iowa-against the Hillary (Bill Clinton) machine!
    2. In all polls, he stands a good chance of beating ANY of the GOP candidates in the General election.

    It's sad–the DNC leadership has been seeking a candidate with the vision and electability of John Kennedy–when one finally shows up, they're too afraid of the "loss of big money" to embrace him.

    Go figure.

    Guess I'll be voting for McCain–or getting drunk on election day. Because as a lifelong Democrat–I refuse to vote for Clinton or Obama–and will register as an independent again. After seeing what the DNC is doing, I'm disgusted and disillusioned.

    Sure hope the people in the real world...the American voters...take a second look at John Edwards. And I'll continue to send him my checks and offer support to the bitter end. Then, I'm done with politics.

    January 13, 2008 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  24. dmort

    If all you supposed Republicans would get your head out of the polls and sand maybe we could elect the only TRUE Republican... Ron Paul

    Listen to his message, it is the only one with substance and meaning to take America forward.

    January 13, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  25. Adam Smith

    Anyone who would support McCain would aslo support a third term for Bush. McCain is the same old corporate controled crap that has been plagueing washington for some time now. Even the most conservative folks should be fed up with this kind of ideology. remember dont give points for style only points for substance.

    January 13, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
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