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Rick Snyder open up a 12 point lead in governor’s race over Mark Shauer

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According to a poll released by Mitchell Research today Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is enjoying a 12 point lead in his race for reelection over challenger Mark Shauer. The incumbent Republican was favored by 49% of likely voters while 37% would vote for the Democrat if the election were held today. The remaining 15% of the likely voters were undecided according to the poll.

Snyder does not typically comment on polls. Today he is speaking at Michigan Farm Bureau’s AgiPac where he will be receiving their endorsement for a second term.

Meanwhile the Shauer campaign is focused on Tax Day. Michigan Democratic Party chairman Lon Johnson was in Grand Rapids at a photo opportunity in front of the post office. He pointed to the people dropping off their tax returns in order to meet today's filing deadline.

"This governor is giving that money to corporations and CEOs," said Johnson said this morning. Johnson was referring to changes made Snyder to reduce business taxes.

Perhaps one of the keys to the governor’s lead in the race is at 56% of those polled approve of his job performance while only 41% disapprove. The remaining 3% were undecided.

A potential problem for Snyder, according to the poll, is his support for a bailout of Detroit. Voters do not want to use state money for this purpose with 49% opposed: 44% support the measure.

Shauer is not known to one third of those polled. When asked about their impression of Shauer 34% said they were not aware while another 15% said they were aware but did not have a favorable or unfavorable impression of him.

The full poll, which also covered the senate race, is available by clicking here. Mitchell Research has offices in East Lansing and West Bloomfield.