Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and union allies are trying to woo another Democrat to campaign for Michigan governor amid concerns about the viability of front-runner Gretchen Whitmer, Bridge Magazine has learned.
This month, Duggan reached out to U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, Bridge learned from six sources with knowledge of the effort, including three party officials. In a January meeting described by one observer as a “full court press,” Duggan, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams, other union leaders, and powerful Detroit pastor the Rev. Wendell Anthony tried to persuade Peters to enter the campaign, promising substantial help with fundraising, the sources said.
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.