There has been some disagreement about how competitive Michigan will be this time around. Democrats have expressed confidence they'll win Michigan running away and a strategist close to the Romney campaign told The Hill last week that the campaign had no plans to begin spending in the state, a sign it doesn't see Michigan as winnable.
But while the presidential campaigns haven't spent there, GOP outside groups led by the pro-Romney Restore Our Future have already spent more than $11 million in the state and went back on the air in Michigan on Wednesday.
Top Republican strategist Karl Rove predicted that the state "is going to be in play" during a debate in Lansing, Mich., with Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs on Wednesday night. He pointed to the Restore Our Future spending, though his group, the deep-pocketed American Crossroads, has notably not spent a dime in the state.
Gibbs strongly disagreed, telling the crowd that there are eight or nine states that are competitive and "you guys aren't one of them."
"Maybe Michigan is a battleground state," he continued. "We're spending $10,000 here and I bet we don't have to spend a whole lot more here."
The Detroit News poll also showed Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowHillary gives Bernie cool reception at Trump inaugural lunch Overnight Finance: Scoop – Trump team eyes dramatic spending cuts | Treasury pick survives stormy hearing Dems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts MORE (D-Mich.) with a big 16-point edge over former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), the latest poll in the state to show her with a comfortable lead.