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

Two polls show tight race in Michigan

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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. Juan Carlos(Vegas)

    Ask me if I will trust them ( The polls)LOL

    January 12, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Jim

    as I watched cnn today I noticed that a lot of time was spent on listening to the republican candidates in fla.carolina and mich.Then they went to Las vegas and I thought they would listen to Ron Paul as they gave all the other candidates equal time and exposure. Instead they just want to get some odds on the election like a bunch of gamblers.Cnn is no different than Fox. Even worse after what when on this last week with the Fox New Hampshire debate.There is no such thing as fair and balanced in any media news anymore.Just big business trying to run the country.I'll stick to the internet.

    January 12, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  3. someone

    thats awesome, go Mccain

    January 12, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Ben

    go Huckabee

    January 12, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Charles in Salt Lake City, UT

    Even those Republicans who have positive memories of Michigan’s Governor George Romney have more than ample reason to be wary of the motives and message of his self-absorbed son, Mitt.

    Much has been said about Mitt Romney’s desperate attacks upon others in his own camp whenever his numbers show signs of falling, of his extravagant campaign expenditures that have proven to be less effective than simply connecting to the people, and of his unflattering inability to respond to even the most basic of issues without having to first carefully weigh his words in order to parse his position in terms that are designed to cloak their multiple meanings.

    But the biggest problem with this man is the one that is actually being put forth as his most salient strength — his business success. People who know no better and apparently haven’t actually thought it through actually believe that a person who is able to build up successful businesses should somehow be capable of building up a successful nation or economy. Nothing is farther from the truth!
    People of Michigan (and elsewhere), please ask yourselves: exactly what are the fundamental operating “business principles” that make a business successful — and people like Mitt Romney rich?

    A business operates in order to make a profit for it’s owners/shareholders, period. It makes a profit by producing something that there is a demand for, and doing so at a cost that is competitive in the marketplace. If it doesn’t make a profit, it goes out of business. So in order to be competitive and produce this profit, it will not only build, develop, and hire — but whenever necessary it will scale down, replace, and lay off. Businesses, after all, have no obligation to its workforce beyond compensation for the benefit the workforce is able to provide to the business. And when workforce is scaled down or replaced to improve the business’ efficiency (and increase its profit), a portion of the workforce is simply “let go.” The business really doesn’t care where it goes; maybe it can be absorbed by other business. Too bad, so sad, but on to the profit, etc.

    For those who would like to think a country can “cut the waste” the same way, just where the devil do you suppose the “waste” (people — citizens — other Americans) are supposed to go? Canada? Mexico? A government has to be able to provide a place for EVERY person within it, and with that place comes a guarantee that the government exists in order to preserve the people’s right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” You can’t just “eliminate” things that will affect a part of the citizenry unless you have someplace for them to go.


    Mitt Romney is not a good fit for a Republican Presidential candidate. His own record shows he’s no true conservative and he is vulnerable on too many fronts; and while Mike Huckabee is a nice enough guy, he too has too much baggage and is basically unelectable in a general election. If you’re looking for a conservative you should put your support behind Fred Thompson. If you’re looking for a moderate you should consider John McCain or Rudi Giuliani. If you’re just looking for someone to beat whoever the Democratic party nominates, then go for any of those three above — any of them could actually do it.

    But please reconsider your support of Mitt Romney. It just doesn’t make sense.

    January 12, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  6. Janine Lindenmulder

    McCain is for free trade and amnesty for illegal aliens, that makes him a liberal just like Hillary Clinton. Wake up conservatives he is not on your side.

    January 12, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  7. USA

    Intelligence wins over likeability anyday with me for a president.
    Romney wins hands down.

    January 12, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Richard from Detroit

    Well I live close to alot of surburbs near southwest Detroit and drive thru alot of them like Dearborn,Westland,Taylor,Wayne etc everyday and I haven,t seen many McCain signs, mostly Romney and Ron Paul.I have started to see Viva McCain bumper stickers for hispanics in the southwest Detroit area.No surprise to anybody given McCains views on illegal Immigrants.Alot of UAW workers live in those suburbs including many more.We don,t want a President that rights off auto manufacturing and toy making { Everybody remember Lionel? } and anything else that is an American Symbol, to foreign countries like China.McCain looks more like a Manchurian candidate.

    January 12, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  9. Sue in Michigan

    How interesting that when Obama showed a 7% lead over Hillary, she was headed for sure defeat, but a 7% lead over Huckabee means nothing? Guess it's all in who's reading the numbers.

    January 12, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  10. TJ

    Romney is winning the Republican base. If anyone undecided will to listen with an open mind to Mitt speak, it will only take ten minutes to see that he is brilliant. The dems and media know that Mitt would crush anyone in a one on one debate. Thus the dems and media are still talking up Ron Paul, the Huckster and other losers.

    McCain is just another who has no winning ideas like Bob Dole (Sr Senator veteran) in 1996. Obama/Oprah or the Clintons again would have a very big victory against McCain.

    Now that the news is out that Rudy is low on money, Mitt is the only candidate that can go the distance and win in November.

    If the people of Michigan do not wake up and give Mitt a win that would make the dems and the media very happy indeed.

    January 12, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. Richard, Ewing NJ

    Mitt Rommey will contribute more to US economy by pumping his own money into campaign. He should stay in the primary no matter he is going to lose. We need his money.

    January 12, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Jake, Las Vegas, Nevada

    If there is a large democratic turnout for the republican primary you can bet McCain will win. He and Huckabee should be running on the other ticket.

    January 12, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  13. el slade o

    personaly,I will souprt Mike Huckabee im struck by his amazing speech abilaty,his in deepth understanding of the economy. http://www.mikehuckabee.com

    January 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. Alex from A²

    I have come to the conclusion that opinion polls mean nothing. The exit polls count except for when you have "the Bradley effect". I wish the media would stop focusing so much on these polls and let the voters come to their own conclusions! Report the issues, not the group consensus.

    January 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  15. Robet Derbez

    I am Bob from Los Angeles, I believe economic fear of recession is making the balance tilt to Democrats, rather than stubborn Republicans. Clinton is right to mention to pull from Iraq and have more Diplomacy in all that region

    January 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Tim, Minnesota

    I hope those auto worker's remember who voted and supported CAFTA and NAFTA when they decide who to vote for. Ron Paul voted against those managed trade scams. Ask McCain where he stood

    January 12, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. Mcain - WAR MONGER

    McCain is the best Rambo America has ever seen.

    Lets call him if we need a Rambo.

    Romney is about jobs.

    January 12, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. John Raiti

    Mac is back, and he will win the White House!

    January 12, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  19. Nate

    Alex, I have to agree. Polls are passed off as objective scientific tests, but really depending on who you ask, how you ask them, who asks them, etc etc it becomes a completely subjective test. The cynical side of me always wants to question whether media tries to use slanted polls to force political momentum the way they want it to go. A lot of people will simply vote for whoever they think is the most popular. I don't exactly get why, but it does seem to be common. Maybe they are just too lazy to go look up stances and make a decision for themselves? I guess it would be like voting for someone just because a talk show radio host says so.

    January 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  20. Allen Friedman--- Henderson, Nevada

    I do not care who the Republican nominee is in the '08 election, if this country is dumb enough to even think about electing another Republican to the White House after the last seven years then we have to have the least intelligent people in the solar system! The whole Republican party is pro war and the country is anti war, so how can any Republican get elected? Wake up America!

    January 12, 2008 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Brandon Wabeke

    My vote will go for Mike Huckabee, I attended a nearby rally that he hosted in Grand Rapids, MI, and he really electrified the crowd. A man that can run a budgeted campaign with a significantly lower amount financially, to becoming a top runner for the GOP, would obviously be a great president.

    January 12, 2008 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Walt, TX

    Neither the "Huckster" nor the Mormon is worthy of the Presidency. They lack a few values that I hold to be important, like love of Country, love of family, integrity, honesty, and last, but not least, good manners!

    Lord knows, neither one even had the balls to truly serve their country in the military. They chose the road of living off the largess of the taxpaying public – no guts, no commitment!

    John McCain, on the other hand, willingly and bravely, gave it everything he had and came home a hero! A Hero is a good thing!

    January 12, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Rumana Khan

    I live in Chappaqua New york, yes Hillary's home town. It is very interesting that Obama's supporters are distributing flyers at the Chappaqua train station.

    January 12, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  24. FAIR TAX,LA.

    fair tax and huck!!
    no social libs pleaseeeeee!!!

    January 12, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  25. phil

    Myself, leaning conservative Republican, “blue dog” Democrat, or right wing libertarian, I was bothered by the flip flops by Kerry the most in 2004, but more so this year I am bothered by 2 people just as greatly, but those flops aren’t the only negative spots I see on those candidates.

    DO NOTS!!!
    -1. Mitt Romney (R), who also makes for a bad president, since he brags about his business understanding and political background being the key to success in our economy, but not only has he outspend all his contenders in the 3 states which have taken place so far, but he has been showing us only one thing, he is not good with money. if his reason for being the best choice is his economic background, how is spending money unwisely a good choice?

    -2. Obama (D), his flip flops are apparent as well, first the man ignores God, and religion from his life and shows it by ignoring the pledge, quoting scriptures without the full content within them and quoting them as someone else's ideas other than in the Bible, but now that he is struggling with Christian democrats he is claiming to be a church member, and opening his southern campaign to telling poor black and white churches that is is God's will to put him in office.

    – If you are looking for a strong Christian leader, who has seen real life situations, unlike the average politician, vote Mike Huckabee (R).

    – If you are looking for someone who will tell you how they see it, no matter the political pressure elsewhere, vote John McCain (R).

    – If you are looking for someone who cares about the middleman and wants to run the country in both a liberal and balanced matter, vote John Edwards (D).

    – If you are a right wing libertarian, just wait till Ron Paul announces his 3rd party bid for the White “something” Libertarian Party, to see if he is your best choice.

    But which ever way you do decided to vote, don't vote for who the media tells you to vote, or for who you think is already going to win, vote for who you honestly want in office, vote responsibly, and research your options.

    Make sure you make an educated vote, because over the next 4 years, YOU will most likely be the one complaining about the president.

    January 12, 2008 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
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