Election 2012
3:24 pm
Tue October 9, 2012

Romney closes on Obama in new poll; Stabenow extends lead

A poll released yesterday by EPIC-MRA of Lansing shows the presidential race tightening in Michigan.

Aided by a strong debate performance, Mitt Romney has reduced President Barack Obama’s ten point lead to just three points—within the margin of error for the poll reports the Detroit Free Press.

From the Free Press:

Conducted in the three days following the Wednesday debate, the poll showed more than five times as many Michiganders interviewed named Romney, not Obama, as the debate’s winner. Romney’s numbers improved most dramatically among independent and undecided voters.

The results mirror other newly released national polls which show the race tightening both nationally and in critical swing states.

Of those polled in Michigan, 61% said they watched all or most of the debate, and 77% said they saw at least some of it.

As Michigan Radio's Kate Wells reported, Republicans have officially resumed their efforts to win Michigan. Paul Ryan rallied Republicans at Oakland University last night.

The Obama campaign will be looking to sway Michigan voters in the vice-presidential debate this Thursday.

The same EPIC-MRA poll shows Senator Debbie Stabenow extending her lead over Rep. Pete Hoekstra. She leads the Republican by 20 points, with ten percent undecided.

- Jordan Wyant, Michigan Radio Newsroom