Poll: Dem Stabenow has 9-point lead over Republican James in Michigan Senate race

Poll: Dem Stabenow has 9-point lead over Republican James in Michigan Senate race
© Greg Nash

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) holds a 9-point lead over Republican challenger John James in Michigan's Senate race, according to a new poll that shows a tightening race.

Stabenow has the support of 51 percent of likely voters, compared to James's 42 percent, according to the poll released Thursday by Mitchell Research and Communications.


In a previous poll released in September, Stabenow had a 13-point lead. 

Steve Mitchell, president of Mitchell Research and Communications, said the new polling  signals a tightening race and shows the impact of Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughAmy Schumer announces pregnancy alongside midterm endorsements Dems lower expectations for 'blue wave' Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ease restrictions on ObamaCare waivers | Dems say changes weaken pre-existing condition protections | Spending on health lobbying rises MORE's contentious confirmation process.

Mitchell added that Stabenow is still "in a good position."

"However the race is tightening and with a month to go, a great deal can happen. ... This race is far from over at this time," he said.

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The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the race between Stabenow and James as "likely Democrat." FiveThirtyEight rates the race as "solid Democrat."

A RealClearPolitics average of polling shows Stabenow with a 16-point lead.

The results of the poll released Thursday were based on surveys of 654 likely voters in Michigan from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7. The poll has a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points.