Gary Peters leads race for Levin's seat, but still has long way to go in Senate race

Poll shows Michigan Senate race belongs to Gary Peters for now, but it's anyone's race this far out


DETROIT – Prominent Democratic consulting firm Main Street Strategies out of Lansing wanted to get an idea of where the numbers stand for Democratic contenders when it comes to filling the large shoes of longtime Senator Carl Levin.

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According to the firm's poll, Gary Peters is leading the way with 24.84 percent of the vote. Former Congressman Burt Stupak has 11.74 percent, Debbie Dingell has 9.22 percent and former Congressman Mark Schauer has 9 percent.

The real number to look at is the undecided which is currently at 45.23 percent.

"This is clearly a race that's up for grabs. In the preseason you have to rank Gary Peters as the leader," said Joe Dissano, of Main Street Strategies.

Peters has to look at this poll and be pleased. However, he probably also needs to realize there is quite a ways to go in the Democratic primary.

"Mrs. Dingell would be a very formidable challenger," said Dissano.

Dissano, for his part, believes this will remain a Democratic seat but can see a real run for the money depending on who the GOP puts up. If, for example, Congressman Mike Rogers, from the Congressional 8th District, decides to go for this and nabs his party's primary, be prepared for an intense fight to the finish.

"I don't believe in a slam dunk for either party in 2014. I think it's a blue seat and I think it will remain a blue seat," said Dissano.

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