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. Daniel, NY

    A third poll was released tonight by the Detroit Free Press and shows Romney up big on McCain, a twist on the two other two polls here.

    January 12, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Susan Mark

    Mitt Romney you are a gem among the candidates....

    You have been ignored by the media ( winning the Wyoming Caucas), taken to task by the media and religious persons who are bigoted against your religion...

    you have high morals, you have been faithful to your only wife and stood by her side through sickness and health...

    just read a blog talking about how McCain dumped his first wife for Cindy.... really a sad commentary on what this country will put up with in terms of our heroes,

    same with Guiliani and what he did to his wife, making an announcement in public to the media that he was filing for divorce... what a bad example to all the young men in this country.....

    Mitt you are a great example to young men and men everywhere of how one treats a woman you make wedding vows to.

    Plus you are extremely motivated, smart, goal oriented, can put together large business plans that work., you saved the Olympics.. you can fix Broken Washington......

    You have my vote.

    January 12, 2008 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Joe

    Please support Romney!
    We need his business savy. He is clearly the most capable of helping the US economy. The future of our children's livelhood is dependant on the strength of the economy. Also if the economy is strong it is much easier to maintain a strong miltary and a strong leadership role world wide.

    January 12, 2008 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  4. Simon Nkongho

    2008 presidential election is so important that voters should give second
    thought to the issues and then choose rightly with America first in mind. I am not at war with color or gender, my choice is Clinton because she is the candidate to do the job right. Remember, America is called to vote for the President, Campaign talks could be colorful but weigh the substance and the possibilties of actualizing the promises being made, then cast a conscious vote for the President.

    God Bless America.

    January 12, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. John S. Maine

    I will not support Reverend Huckabee becuase I think he might be mistaken, the White House is not a Church. Mike Huckabee is running as the "christian leader". He looks down on others who have differing religous beliefs. America is representitive of all religions Reverend Huckabee. I believe Jesus would be very upset with your Theocracy. I love America becuase we are a melting pot of many diverse religions. I have friends and familiy members who are Catholics, Mormons, Protestannts, Muslims, Born Agains, Agnositics, Jehovahs Witnesses and Athiests. The President of The United States of America represents every body and the Constitution is clear about that. Reverend Huckabe please stop your fear mongering towards people of other faiths and do America a favor by aplogizing for your divisive comments and campaign! I will say a prayer for you tonight to my God even though he is not approved by you the "Christian Leader".


    January 12, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  6. toospeed

    I dont think we should pull out to quick from Iraq, because we let all americans that died over there down.I have at least 10 personal friends over there &unless you see things with your own eyes you dont know. They are there for all of us & if they tell me they see a change I beleive in there judgement because they are there everyday and if they see a change who am I to judge and say pull out it dont matter who died close to you.I thank them every chance I get, so please dont let people tell you this was a mistake.

    January 12, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  7. John S. Maine

    The two Democrats running for Office have no executive experience as a Governor or Mayor. Neither of them have run a buisness either.

    The clear choice for a president who understands how the economy works and who will save jobs in Michigan and around our Country is Governor Mitt Romney. With Mitt Romney you get expeience and honesty. Did you know he helped create Staples and rescued Dominoes Pizza. He turned around the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake and he turned around a staggering $3 billion dollar deficit as Governor in MA.

    January 12, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. John S. Maine

    The Michigan Auto Industry will turn around under a Romney Adminastration. Go to Mitt Romney.Com and watch the Asian Tiger add under Mitt T.V. Mitt Romney understands the economic threat that China is to our jobs and National Security!
    Mitt Romney is a great guy who cares about the Auto Workers in Michigan and it pains him to see John McCain write off the Auto Industry. It must be part of John McCains latest Amnesty Plan.

    January 12, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. John S. Maine

    Do you remember watching John McCain sleeping through last years State of The Union Address. Wow what a great Senator sleeping on the job. We Americans are tired of Washington Insiders like McCain not getting the job done and passing the table scraps to the middle class!

    January 12, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  10. Taufik in Jakarta

    Hi, I'm from Indonesia. I think, either Obama or Hillary the President of US, it will give a new era of change in US.

    January 12, 2008 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  11. yusupha Abdoulie

    I am a black democrat but it don't take me too long to realize John MacCain is a good candidate. He is very compassionate and he got what it takes to lead this country. His approach on the economy, foreign affairs and immigartion is a step in a right direction. A lot of people is hitting him on immigration but what they don't know he got the best solution to the issue. America needs to wake up and try to address this immigration issue with practicality and kindness. Lets not only talk about the negatives but start speaking about the positive contributions of these immigrants family. They are paying taxes, social security, workers compensation, etc all of which they will never draw the benefits. They are being under paids in jobs and other activities. What happen to justice and human dignity? Some comments on TVs are just terrible. We are all God children and should love and embrace each other. Most immigrants that come to America are only here to provide food for their family and to obtain education. Lets approach this issue with sense not with anger and frustration. Many immigrants are law biden only few wants to spoil their American dream.

    America is greatest country in the world and its citizens are compassionate and kind. God will always protect our this land from domestic and foreign enemies. We will not let the enemies instill fear in us nor will it leads us to become anti-immigrants.

    I will vote for Maccain if I have to vote for Republican . It is time for democrats to come in power or any good candidates who honestly is ready to lead us to a brighter future

    January 12, 2008 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  12. Fan-o-huck

    Mike Huckabee appears to be a refreshingly genuine, honest, and "unrehearsed" man–I am VERY supportive of his view on American policy and would be SO excited if the Fairtax could actually be passed!!! He has our vote....!!! 🙂

    January 12, 2008 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  13. vicki in michigan

    I think media is playing a part in people's voting. All are anti Hilary. Media is taking contents from her speeches and manipulating the people voting decisions. Obama and Edward had chance to be on ballets. they are the one who decided not to come to Michigan. It's not Democracy committee's fault. Obama and Edward just want to blame somebody not putting them on the ballets. Obama might be good talker. CHANGE is just a slogan. He can not do anything alone. It's big job and I don't think he is ready for it. He has been senator for only 2 years. I think Huckabee will be good.

    January 12, 2008 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  14. Lorraine

    Barack Obama is speaking the truth about “Change” and “Yes, we can” slogans because we need a new direction in United States for all people. Barback Obama voice is refreshing to those who are willing to take the steps to make the changes along with Barack Obama as our next President of United States. The reason why it is important to support Barack Obama, he wants to take the country into a new direction whereas Hillary Clinton wants the same Bill Clinton’s polices for another 12 years which will overwhelm us. A fresh start with Barack Obama leadership will diffuse the tension around the World allowing USA to speak to those countries that are skeptic of us. With his leadership, we will have better relationships with other countries throughout the World. For this reason, I support Barack Obama for our next President of United States 2008! Are you ready to give Barack Obama your support?

    January 12, 2008 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  15. Erik

    Having seen most of the candidates in my hometown (Manchester, NH) over & over for many months leading up to the primary – McCain one my vote. He was the consistent in his messaging – not changing his views based on public opinion, polls orwhat ses to be working for the other candidates. McCain is a genuine & honest person. For the first time I believe that a candidate is actually going to do what be says he is going to do. I also like that he works to reduce taxes yet he ensures that tax its are combined with spending cuts – that's a real fiscal conservative. Two times he actually went against tax cuts because they did not include spending cuts which was the right thing to do while risky as a person who wants to be presdent. Some cadidates try to make this out to be bad but I know that true conservatives an intelligent people will see through such desperate attempts.

    McCain also puts realistic solutions together. He has a great plan for creating jobs and keeping America competitive – saving the jobs that can be saved and retraining workers for emerging markets while providing compensation to older workers to off set losses from forced late career moves. He will lead America to economic prosperity. McCain has actually made the effort to close the border and address all the illegals gwtting a free ride – getting rid of millions of criminals and getting tax revenue out of the rest. And, McMcain was the first to point out the flaws of Rumsfelds plan and call for the surge – in 2003/2004 and it is working.

    Imagine howmuch better off our country would be if McCain had been elected in 2000. I am glad he is now the GOP front runner. McCain is the only GOP candidate with a chance of winning the general election so I hope he gets the nomination!

    Check out the McCain website: http://www.johnmccain.com

    Regardless of who you might vote for (hopefully John McCain) make sure you get out and vote. Senator McCain and so many others have fought to hard to give us the priveledge of voting – don't waste it!

    Vote John McCain 2008!

    January 12, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. Steve

    Dear Michigan,
    If you have been partially awake for the past 8 years and have seen the deficit spending of John McCain and his sending jobs over seas ... I am wondering how you can support this man besides his success as a hero. If you want more illegal workers, please vote for this man. He has been extremely successful in his mission to give away citizenship.

    January 12, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  17. Rebecca, Michigan

    Romney is the man to help Michigan get back on it's feet. It is clear. I will take Romney's optimism for a Michigan turn-around over the grumpy-old-man negativity of McCain any day. He turned the Olympics around, right? What if McCain had been asked to take over the Olympics, "Well, I'm going to do some straight-talkin' now....you are up the creek and you have no oars. Your luge track is gone and it's not comin' back. Sorry."

    January 12, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. Marti San Diego, CA


    The Real McCain Record
    Obstacles in the way of conservative support.

    By Mark R. Levin (National Review)

    There’s a reason some of John McCain's conservative supporters avoid discussing his record. They want to talk about his personal story, his position on the surge, his supposed electability. But whenever the rest of his career comes up, the knee-jerk reply is to characterize the inquiries as attacks.

    The McCain domestic record is a disaster. To say he fought spending, most particularly earmarks, is to nibble around the edges and miss the heart of the matter. For starters, consider:

    McCain-Feingold — the most brazen frontal assault on political speech since Buckley v. Valeo.

    McCain-Kennedy — the most far-reaching amnesty program in American history.

    McCain-Lieberman — the most onerous and intrusive attack on American industry — through reporting, regulating, and taxing authority of greenhouse gases — in American history.

    McCain-Kennedy-Edwards — the biggest boon to the trial bar since the tobacco settlement, under the rubric of a patients’ bill of rights.

    McCain-Reimportantion of Drugs — a significant blow to pharmaceutical research and development, not to mention consumer safety (hey Rudy, pay attention, see link).

    And McCain’s stated opposition to the Bush 2001 and 2003 tax cuts was largely based on socialist, class-warfare rhetoric — tax cuts for the rich, not for the middle class. The public record is full of these statements. Today, he recalls only his insistence on accompanying spending cuts.

    As chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, McCain was consistently hostile to American enterprise, from media and pharmaceutical companies to technology and energy companies.

    McCain also led the Gang of 14, which prevented the Republican leadership in the Senate from mounting a rule change that would have ended the systematic use (actual and threatened) of the filibuster to prevent majority approval of judicial nominee.

    Vote Romney – the candidate with a very impressive record of decades of achievements in business, as governor of MA, and with the SLC Olympics. Romney is a *proven* leader who has shown time and time again that he can actually get things done. Talk is cheap, accomplishments matter.

    January 12, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. robert, pasadena, ca

    Charles you sound like you've bought a little too much into the teachings of Karl Marx. He had some nice thoughts, like you do, but they ultimately don't make any sense. There is plenty of evidence to show that a solid business background prepares people very well to be successful government leaders. I've never heard Romney say that he plans to turn the government into a profit seeking business. I've only seen his ability to successfully manage large organizations be they public, private, or non-profit.

    January 12, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  20. Walt, TX

    Rebecca, Michigan,

    Considering the scandals, frauds and misappropriation of funds during the Olympics you're bragging about, I wouldn't call that a highlight of anyone's career.
    He's just another sleazy politician from Massachusetts.

    January 12, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  21. Ronald Nfor

    There we go again with "polls"

    January 12, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  22. Tim, Minnesota

    google " keating 5"

    January 12, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  23. Karen

    Huckabee all the way!!! He is a real person from a working class family who
    understands what so many of us go through in the real world! Also, he completely represents my values! I LIKE MIKE!!!

    January 13, 2008 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  24. John S. Maine

    Mitt Romney will get my vote in 2008! I am tired of the straight talk detour on a one way street following Osama to the gates of Hell. You go getem McCain! Just dont fall asleep in anymore State of The Union addreses when President Romney is speaking.

    Mitt Romney = Honest Leader with Ability to Unite and Reform Washington

    John McCain = war hungry+divisive+grumpy old man+with no economic or executive ability

    The Choice is clear Mitt Romney in 2008!

    January 13, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  25. dolores

    Richard from Detroit, FYI- A LOT two separate words. That is why you will never control the White House, it requires a basal level of intelligence.

    January 13, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
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