The latest poll numbers show that Michigan voters are  not yet sure who to support in the race for Michigan’s new governor. The most recent poll, conducted this week, shows Congressman Pete Hoekstra leading in the Republican race at twenty one-percent — with his nearest rival just seven points back.

Bill Ballenger of Inside Michigan Politics tells WWJ Newsradio 950 that Hoekstra needs Metro Detroit.

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“He’s got a very strong base in West Michigan. That’s what he’s relying on to build up his lead in the polls,” Ballenger said.  “And, he’s holding his own so far among the other three candidates,” he said. 

But the big story is the undecided  —  with thirty-percent of Republicans saying they haven’t yet made a choice.  On the Democratic side, the number of undecided voters has skyrocketed to seventy-percent.

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Meanwhile, Ballenger said Mike Bouchard is doing well in Metro Detroit, but is still a relative unknown in out-state Michigan.

“So, in the three biggest counties in the state, he’s actually ahead. But, in the rest of the state he’s a zero. He gets hardly any support in the other eighty counties, and that’s why he’s running fourth,” Ballenger said.

Bouchard, Mike Cox, and Rick Snyder are virtually tied behind Hoekstra, while Tom George lags far behind.

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