Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and his Democratic opponent, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, remain in a virtual tie, according to a Monday poll of likely voters.
In the poll of 1,310 likely voters, conducted by Mitchell Research &Communications for Fox 2 Detroit
, Snyder, a Republican, received 48.1 percent of the vote, with Schauer getting 47.4 percent. About 3 percent of the vote went to minor party candidates and 2 percent were undecided.
In the final days of the campaign, Snyder and Schauer both brought in prominent figures from out of state to help make their case to voters. On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a possible 2016 presidential candidate, appeared on Snyder’s behalf in Rochester, where he described the Michigan governor’s race as one of the most important in the country.
Christie called Snyder — a business executive and venture capitalist who sought political office for the first time in 2010 when he was elected governor — a "transformational" leader who had turned around Michigan’s economy.
"There is not a problem he is unwilling to confront," Christie said of Snyder, who emphasizes his administration’s efforts to implement new financial safeguards for Detroit and reform the city’s bleak financial situation.
Schauer, who spent Monday campaigning with workers and veterans in Grand Rapids, denounced Snyder as a "corporate CEO who wakes up every day thinking about big business" and vowed to repeal a tax on pensions
put into place under the Republican incumbent.
On Saturday, President Obama came to Michigan to stump for Schauer, a Democrat first elected to Congress in 2008 when he defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Tim Walberg in the state’s 7th Congressional District. Schauer’s vote for Obamacare was a key issue in his unsuccessful re-election campaign in 2010, when Walberg defeated him to win back the congressional seat.
Snyder finds himself in a very different political situation from four years ago, when he won an 18-point landslide victory in the general election.
If he wins re-election, polls suggest it will be in a cliff-hanger that may not be decided until well after voting ends.
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