Michigan Senator Gary Peters has developed a reputation that doesn’t look good when heading into a re-election year.
According to a new Morning Consult poll released Thursday, Peters is the least known US Senator with 37 percent of Michigan voters not knowing who he was or having an opinion on him. Furthermore, the poll showed another 28 percent of people disapproving of the job the current Michigan Senator has done so far.
Peters faces tough competition from expected Republican Senate candidate John James in 2020. A new Marketing Resource Group Michigan poll showed this week that Peters having only a slight edge over James. The poll had Peters at 43 percent compared to James’ 40 percent. However, the poll showed 17 percent of voters as undecided.
Michigan GOP Chairman Laura Cox reacted to this poll on Twitter.
“Gary Peters has accomplished nothing in the Senate, and it should come to no surprise that he is struggling with Michigan voters,” Cox said. “Michigan is ready for renewed leadership in Washington, and the Michigan Republican Party is looking forward to giving us a Senator who will fight for our state in D.C.”
— Laura Cox (@MIGOPChair) October 17, 2019
During the third quarter of 2019. James raised more money than Peters did for his Senate campaign.
As The Michigan Star previously reported, James raised $3.1 million, which is $600,000 more than Gary Peters’ $2.5 million gathered. Even though Peters did not raise as much in the third quarter, he still has more money on hand than James does for the election cycle. Peters has $6.3 million on hand compared to $3.8 million for James, according to Federal Election Committee filings.
James announced his second Senate candidacy in June. In 2018, James last to current Senator Debbie Stabenow by less than 8 percentage points.
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