LANSING (WWJ/AP) – A new poll gives President Obama the lead over all Republican challengers in Michigan, including the state’s favorite son.

The EPIC/MRA survey of 600 likely voters finds Mr. Obama leading Mitt Romney in a head-to-head matchup, 48 percent to 40 percent. Romney grew up in Oakland County, the son of the late former Michigan governor George Romney.

When pitted against Newt Gingrich, the president’s lead widens. It’s 51 percent for Obama, 38 percent for the former U.S. House Speaker.

The poll results come three days after Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address. The president speaks at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Friday morning.

Michigan’s presidential primary is Feb. 28. Romney has been considered the favorite, due mainly to his Michigan roots.

The poll was commissioned by the Detroit Free Press and WXYZ-TV, Channel 7.

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Comments (3)
  1. Countrysunrise says:

    Look at the price of food, the price of gas, and utilities. Are we better off, or do you like your candidate just for the freebies?? Think with your head this time, and not with your heart. No one can afford to go on living like this!!

  2. Mors Hostibus says:

    Note: no mention is made of what questions were asked, how the poll was conducted, how the sample was constructed, the margin of error and why only 600 were polled. This poll was done on the cheap, as all EPIC/MRA polls are done, using “we know better” oversampling/undersampling to deliver a “not exactly” number when “real” polling companies use sample sizes of 1000, Most of their business is by and for democrats. I could not find theactual poll anywhere.

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