Attorney General Bill SCHUETTE is up 42 to 14 percent on Lt. Gov. Brian CALLEY in a survey of 344 likely Republican primary voters, according to a survey MIRS helped commission with Target Insyght. Sen. Patrick COLBECK was at 4 percent and Dr. Jim HINES at 1 percent.
Among those asked, 6 percent gave another response and 32 percent were undecided. The margin of error is +/- 5.35 percent. Based on the crosstabs, Calley was doing better than Schuette in the Traverse City media market and among independents.
Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein announced Monday she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying Michigan is ready for another outsider with business experience after its voters favored Donald Trump in the presidential election.
Epstein’s family owns Vesco Oil Corp., a large distributor of automotive and industrial lubricants based in Southfield. A relative political newcomer who has not held elective office, she was a co-chair of Trump’s Michigan campaign last year and said she will “take the fight directly to” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, 67, a Democrat who is expected to seek a fourth term and who coasted to re-election in 2006 and 2012.