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Today in campaign news: Byrnes challenges Tim Walberg to debates

by: Eric B.

Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 16:00:00 PM EDT

*--That thing in the headline. It's true. She wants to debate Tim Walberg seven times, which should make Graham Davis very happy.

*--Bobby McKenzie's campaign has announced that it has been endorsed by Jim Blanchard, former governor.

*--Lil Fella has been endorsed by Ted Cruz.

Eric B. :: Today in campaign news: Byrnes challenges Tim Walberg to debates
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Clarke leading, per EPIC-MRA (0.00 / 0)
Well, well.

According to an exclusive poll taken over the weekend for the Detroit Free Press, WXYZ-TV and their statewide polling partners by EPIC-MRA of Lansing, Clarke is leading the hotly contested four-person primary with 39% of the vote, followed by Lawrence with 28%, Hobbs with 20%, and Burgess Foster, a Detroit Democrat, with 4% of the vote. Nine percent of the 822 people surveyed remain undecided. The margin of error in the robo-call survey is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

"Brenda Lawrence leads in Oakland County, but Rudy Hobbs takes enough of the vote away from here to divide the Oakland vote, and Hansen Clarke leads in both Detroit and the rest of the district that is in Wayne County," said Bernie Porn, president of EPIC-MRA.

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

Color me confused. (0.00 / 0)
Since it is a robo-call, they must rely on what data is keyed in of course... but I am confused by this poll due to the composition figures reported. Respondents self-identified as 47% white, 34% African-American and 5% mixed race. Per my understanding, that does not align with the district nor electorate turnout.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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If those percentages are right, then Clarke might even be further ahead (0.00 / 0)
Since he apparently is dominating in the City of Detroit, while Brenda Lawrence and Rudy Hobbs split the Oakland County vote.

While I like Hansen Clarke, and he has a compelling life story to tell (in college he once defeated Ann Coulter(!) in a student government race), up until recently he didn't demonstrate an organization or funding, and he certainly didn't rake in the endorsements.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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FYI, Clarke has $26,000 in remaining funds. (0.00 / 0)
He raised approximately $130,000 for this entire cycle.

Great Lakes, Great Times.

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Yet Hobbs, who raised more than $500K, trails Clarke and Lawrence (0.00 / 0)
Might be a matter of when a campaign catches fire or goes viral. Plus inherent name recognition for someone who has been around a while.

The "Big Mo" can do a lot to offset a late start, not collecting the "looks good on the lit" endorsements, or insufficient funding during the primary.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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The Big Mo (4.00 / 1)
Let's see what happens when the tv ads go up. Which should start right about......

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

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... (0.00 / 0)
I have no inside knowledge of Hobbs' campaign, but I would imagine he has cable ads going up beginning this weekend or next Tuesday at the latest. It's tough, though, as Detroit is an extremely expensive market. I doubt broadcast is in the cards.

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Which would doubly embarrass all the unions endorsing Hobbs... (4.00 / 1)
...since they're almost all the ones who lined up to endorse Bobby "Blue Dog" McKenzie in the 11th.

If both Rudy and Bobby fail -- especially if both come in THIRD in their primaries, which is where they both are now -- that will speak volumes about the fading clout of Labor in SE Michigan and among Michigan Democrats.

"The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity." ~ Harlan Ellison

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Endorsements (0.00 / 0)
The business community and other politicians are also overwhelmingly endorsing Hobbs, so this is not just a labor thing. If Hobbs loses, I think it says more about his campaign than any one specific group.
Except for the voters of course, who seem hell bent on voting for nothing other than name recognition. (Which is a whole nother conversation)

Nothing is easier than solving a problem on the back of the poor. People who don't have lobbyists or clout.

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Mitchell 50%, Moolenaar 27% (0.00 / 0)
...per Gongwer.

Moolenaar may want to start investing in some mail.

Great Lakes, Great Times, Great Scott

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