Poll: GOP challenger cuts Stabenow's lead to single digits in Michigan

Poll: GOP challenger cuts Stabenow's lead to single digits in Michigan
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Michigan Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCash surge puts more Senate races in play Poll shows Sen. Gary Peters with slim lead over GOP rival in Michigan Republican challenger to Gary Peters in Michigan raises over million MORE (D) now holds just a single-digit lead over her GOP challenger in a poll released Thursday that just last month showed her ahead by more than 20 points.

An EPIC-MRA survey commissioned by the Detroit Free Press found that Stabenow now leads John James (R), an Army veteran and first-time political candidate, by 7 points.


James previously trailed by 23 points in the poll, which was in line with others from the race that mostly show Stabenow with a double-digit lead. Just two polls recorded by RealClearPolitics over the course of the Michigan campaign show a single-digit gap between the two, and the average lead for Stabenow on the polling site sits at 10.7 points.

According to the most recent poll, James's surge is attributed to a rise in President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE's approval ratings in the state as well as increased Republican voter enthusiasm in recent days following the successful confirmation of Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump urged to hire chief strategist for impeachment fight Anita Hill: Kavanaugh's confirmation filled me with 'profound sadness and disappointment' Majority disapprove of Trump Supreme Court nominations, says poll MORE to the Supreme Court.

James issued a call for fundraising this week that referenced his opponent's own come-from-behind victory in 2000 to convince voters that he still remains a serious challenger.

"14 days out in 2000 -> @Stabenow was down 14 & won," James tweeted on Tuesday. "14 days out in 2018 -> We’re 7 points away & closing in quickly! Donate NOW to help us keep SURGING in the polls!"

The EPIC-MRA poll released Thursday contacted 600 likely 2018 midterm voters between Oct 18-23, and contains a margin of error of 4 percentage points.