Michigan junior Senator Debbie Stabenow appears to be maintaining her double-digit lead over Republican challenger Pete Hoekstra, according to a poll released on Wednesday. The poll, which was conducted by the Glengariff Group for local ABC News affiliate WZZM, along with the Detroit News and local WDIV 4, showed Stabenow with a lead of some 12.6 percentage points.
This is actually a decrease from the lead of 15.9 percentage points that Stabenow had enjoyed in September, according to a report by WZZM. The gender gap in her support has narrowed somewhat however, giving her a larger lead among men than she had last month.
Here is some of the key information regarding the race between Stabenow and Hoekstra as of Wednesday.
* The WZZM/Detroit News/WDIV poll was conducted over three days, from October 6-8.
* According to the WZZM report, Stabenow's polling numbers have climbed steadily among male voters. In August she trailed Hoekstra by 1.3 percentage points, but in September had gained the lead by 4.3 percentage points. Her lead in the new poll released on Wednesday placed her ahead of Hoekstra among male voters by a margin of 8.3 percentage points.
* Stabenow's polling numbers among women voters have remained largely flat since August. Wednesday's poll placed her with an advantage over Hoekstra of some 15.9 percentage points among female voters.
* An EPIC-MRA poll conducted from Oct. 4-6 and released Monday put Stabenow's advantage at 20 percentage points, with 10 percent of Michigan voters telling pollsters that they remain undecided.
* Both polls surveyed a group of 600 likely Michigan voters via a combination of land lines and cellphone calls. The margin of error of each poll was plus or minus 4 percent.
* It was announced on Wednesday as well that former President Bill Clinton would be making a stop in Michigan on Friday to help Stabenow raise money for the last weeks of the campaign. According to a report by MLive, Clinton will be appearing with Stabenow at a private fundraiser in Royal Oak.
* Meanwhile, Hoekstra's campaign told MLive and other outlets on Thursday that he will be watching the vice presidential debate that evening and offering his commentary on the issues discussed after it concludes.
* A press release issued by his campaign the day before had noted that he is also due to participate in a healthcare debate earlier Thursday evening that will be hosted by the Independent Choice Network.
Vanessa Evans is a musician and freelance writer based in Michigan, with a lifelong interest in politics and public issues.
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