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. Phil Memphis, TN

    Phil (the other Phil, not me), great post. I believe Edwards is the best candidate available right now but I do not know if he can offset the media attention that has been given to Obama, Clinton, Romney, Huckabee, McCain. Speaking of them;

    Obama: Not as different as he claims to be if you look at his record. Is not present or votes "present " to avoid taking a stand and slings mud just like any other politician. Now his camp is making thinly veiled accusations that Clinton is racist? and he is supposed to be a uniter? We have not seen the real Obama yet, and until I do I can not give him a vote.


    January 13, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Phil Memphis, TN

    Phil (the other Phil, not me), great post. I believe Edwards is the best candidate available right now but I do not know if he can offset the media attention that has been given to Obama, Clinton, Romney, Huckabee, McCain. Speaking of some of them:

    Obama: Not as different as he claims to be if you look at his record. Is not present or votes "present " to avoid taking a stand and slings mud just like any other politician. Now his camp is making thinly veiled accusations that Clinton is racist? and he is supposed to be a uniter? We have not seen the real Obama yet, and until I do I can not give him a vote.

    Clinton: I don't understand why she is so polarizing, as I am not sure what she has ever done to deserve it other than hold her head high while others around her were losing theirs. But for some reason... oh.. i think that is called hate and bigotry.

    Huckabee: Sorry, but he never seems to have a clue what is going on in the world around him and always gets his facts wrong. I am also a little worried about his religious zeal. I certainly have no opposition to a Baptist (or Jewish or Catholic or etc.) President but it seems his entire decision making process wil be based on his theocratic beliefs.


    January 13, 2008 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  3. Phil Memphis, TN

    I must not type fast enough.

    McCain: Great man. honest. I don;t believe he has the physical ability or the psychological patience to handle the rigors of office. He sometimes can not stay awake. I guess translated that means he is a little too much the "grumpy old man".

    Oh, and not that he has a chance, but Ron Paul supporters please quit crying foul. His organization has always been racist and while we need out fo the box ideas, many of his are off the planet crazy.

    January 13, 2008 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. John S. Maine

    Mitt Romney cares about Michigan and the Auto Industry he will make it strong again.

    John McCain is a cut and run Republican when it comes to bringing jobs back to Michigan. Michigan has the highest unemployment rate in our whole nation.

    John McCain = Cut and Run Economy Give Up on Jobs

    Mitt Romney = I will work tirellesly to to bring the jobs back, Michigan is personal to me!

    The Choice couldnt be more clear A Great Future= Mitt Romney

    A grumpy old man who wants to stay in Iraq for 100 years John McCain

    January 13, 2008 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Theguy

    GO ROMNEY GO. You are the only true chance we have at beating the Democrats. Business experience is what is needed to fix the many problems of our great country. You have the drive, vision and experience to get the job done and get us back on the right track.

    January 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Mario

    Ya, we know what polls mean...nothing especially if it comes form CNN, get a life, wait till the votes are counted and quit lying to everyone and try to persuade people to vote for old man insane McCain and hill billy Hickupbee.

    Your pollsters are idiots and liars...like a liar for hire lawyer.

    Mitt will win his own home state...idiots

    Go Mitt!

    January 13, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. christopher w

    two new polls out today, Romney up 8 and up 5, looks like Romney is coming home to Michigan or Michiganders are coming home to Romney.

    January 13, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Jen Cedar Falls, IA

    I don't care how great McCain is, he is TOO OLD for 4 years, let alone 8 years of this grueling job of President. He falls asleep in important meetings for crying out loud!!!!!

    McCain also has an extremely liberal agenda with the exception of keeping us in the war in Iraq.

    Mitt Romney HAS the whole package. For those few of you above posters who haven't learned anything about this race, wake up! Leave a candidates personal faith out of it, unless that's the topic they're running on. Only Huckabee is fool enough to continually splatter the appropriately chosen airwaves with his hypocritical faith, hoping it wins him votes. btw, it is against our country's mission to choose our President by the candidates' faith.

    January 13, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. charlotte

    It's comforting to see the republicans are as nasty as the democrats.. Attack, attack, mudsling, mudsling. etc.

    January 13, 2008 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  10. Jimmy

    While Obama is kissing the back side of the Republican's, Senator Clinton is working to bring about true change. She has introduced a stimulus package for congressional consideration, while Obama is out promising unity with words, but no Action. He still has alot to learn. One being multi-tasking. Not only is he running for President, but he is still a Senator, does he not have to earn his money. We are still paying him and since running for President he has not introduced nothing. Not even showing up for important votes.

    He will say what you want to hear, but has proven NOT the ABILITY to deleiver. Clinton still has several more fellow Senator endorsments then Obama. That is the ability to unite. When you do it within the area you work and with the people you work with. Obama has failed at this too. Also an area that Kerry showed weakness in, getting his fellow Senator's behind him.


    January 13, 2008 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. Steve in NH

    I don't understand how Republicans can throw there support towards McCain and Huckabee. They both have records of high taxes and sympathy towards illegal immigrants, both of which are the opposite of what conservatives believe. And then there's McCain-Feingold ! How can these guys get away with calling themselves true conservative candidates ? Wake up. Pay attention.

    The best Repubican candidate is Mitt Romney. He is the most intelligent and has what it takes to lead this country during trying times. He'll tackle the tough issues just as he has in his past business practices. He has demonstarted leadership in his businesses and the Olympics, which will translate nicely to the White House.

    Michigan voters..............if you don't believe me, go see him speak and/or go to his website. Listen to him. He will help your economic issues. Vote for Mitt.

    January 13, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  12. Carol Morgan

    I fought via the internet and phone to get Ron Paul included in the debates,as many people did, and we made a difference. Now I'm asking for help for Dennis Kucinich, they are trying to exclude him in Las Vegas after inviting him to debate. I am encourged by what I'm reading, the american people are not just going to lay down this time. It is no longer a party thing it's an American thing. American's are not STUPID, we just thought elected officals had our best interest at heart after all we support them. We work long hours so they can have the best of everything! Surely we can still call freedom of speach one of our rights. Want your country back! Vote Dennis Kucinich! PAY ATTN TO THE RECOUNT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE'S VOTE!!!

    January 13, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Tom Masters

    26 minus 4 is 22, 19 plus 4 is 23, Huckabee is still able to upset Michigan!

    January 13, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  14. Steve

    Romney is the most qualified and the most real candidate. McCain is a Hypocrite. He is in no position to call Romney a 'flip-flop'. Romney has a record to prove his position changes are genuine. McCain has not only flip-flopped on gay marriage and roe v wade, he also flip-flopped on his first wife. We need someone with personal integrity and intelligence. Romney is that person!

    January 13, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. Amie

    Huckabee is a great evangelical leader, but that does not qualify one to run for president.

    Mitt is too conservative...

    McCain can stand in a general election, because this country is very disilusioned with conservative ideology. McCain will get the independent vote. And he actually has experience.

    And, Ms. Janine Lindenm...., fair trade is a good thing. Check human rights documents/organizations. And go to college.

    January 13, 2008 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Alan

    If you want another President who will drop trow in the Oval Orifice then vote for Rudy!

    January 13, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. chicken

    HUCKABEE!!!!!!!!!!!HUCKABE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HUCKABEE!!!!!!!!!!!! http://www.mikehuckabee.com

    January 13, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  18. Zak

    McCain anti-war?

    Now... but he was as gun hoe as Bush when it started. Was somebody talking about sandals?

    Straight-Talk my butt.

    January 13, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Mario

    Go Mitt!

    January 13, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  20. Mechelle

    The educated and business savvy in American can clearly see that Mitt is the man for this job.

    Too bad religious bigotry is alive and well in America. There isn't a religion on this earth that doesn't put down another. Those who praise Hucklebee have no political sense at all. They are blinded by this "Christian" thing. What goes around comes around. Hucklebee is not even good for the Christians with his bigotry!

    McCain is not a true republican.

    Guiliani needs to step it up with his strong points and not throw radical ideas on the plate to get attention.

    Thompson is a great actor...we'll just leave it at that.

    Michigan, vote with your common sense. Don't let your vote be manipulated by the media.

    January 13, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  21. almanojodo


    January 13, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. Jason, Bedford MA

    McCain is as arrogant as politicians come, right in the mold of George W. He'd lose in a landslide to any Democrat currently up for the nomination. He is too close to the Iraq war and far too close to the military. The guy can be rather correctly seen as an outright warmonger. And if anyone looks into his personal life, be prepared for some shockers. How can you govern a country if you can't govern your own home? Romney is one of the very few Republicans who've actually shown he can get things done. The man can help the economy – McCain and Huckabee are complete dumbells when compared to him. Anybody worried about the economy out there? Then vote Romney.

    January 13, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. Richard, Ewing NJ

    Maybe people need to learn how to spell... what is "gun hoe"?

    January 13, 2008 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  24. Lee

    To Walt in TX:

    The scandals, frauds and misappropriation of funds during the Olympics you refer to happened before Mitt came in. He was brought in to clean house, and he did. Read his book "Turnaround, Crisis, Leadership and the Olympic Games". He has the integrity to fix broken Washington.

    And to Charles in Salt Lake City:

    When a buisness in a competitive economy is run efficently, then not only are profits up, but so is tax revenue to the government, and prices to customers are down. Profits are reinvested into new lines of business, governments operate within budget limits (hopefully), and customers have more money to spend on different things, thus the standard of living goes up as jobs in new industries are created. Therefore, there is no need to ship the surplus population to Canada or Mexico. I work for the government and I can tell you there is a need to trim a lot in Washington. Mitt has the skill to find waste and cut it.

    Go Mitt!!!

    January 13, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  25. Chris Harrison

    I have only one motive in mind by righting about Mr. Romney. My hope is to leave a better future and country to my family than what we started with.
    I think this is our last chance to choose a president that has the intelligence to make a difference with our energy and domestic policies. I think Mitt is the only person that has the smarts to carry the ball on something this big and important. God help us if we get another George Bush or the likes of the other simple minded candidates such as the guitar playing preacher or the old war hero fossil not mention Barack or Hillary.
    Look what the candidates are fighting about it makes me sick. This isn't about our future it's about their egos.
    I can understand what the younger people see in Obama. It's his vitality and his message of change without substance. He promises everybody everything without a way to pay for it. Like Clinton he identifies with the young people and says “I feel your pain”. I can see right through Barack's message of HOPE. The problem is Barack's message is flawed, Barack doesn't see our pain he doesn't understand the word pain he is a product of the system of handouts. Barack hasn't done anything in his life but serve himself with handouts from you and me. Obama is like Frankenstein built with spare parts paid for by the taxpayer. This man knows how to play the system like a finely tuned musical instrument. One thing I do know for sure is nothing is free and at some point we will have to pay for Barack's promises.

    Mitt is the real deal.
    Go Mitt
    Chris Harrison

    January 14, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
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