Pundits Predicting Landslides in Detroit and Lansing Mayoral Races, Governor's Race Neck-and-Neck 

Monday, May 1, 2017 - Lansing – With the 2018 Governor’s race starting to take shape and the candidates for the Lansing and Detroit 2017 mayoral elections now finalized, Lansing’s leading political pundits were asked to weigh in on the current landscape for these key upcoming elections.

The 100 political insiders who make up the Pundit Poll roster were asked:

  • If the election for Detroit Mayor was held today, who do you think would win?
  • If the election for Lansing Mayor was held today, who do you think would win?
  • If the election for Governor were held today, who do you think would win?

If the Pundits are to be believed, the races for both Detroit and Lansing mayor are all but over with Mike Duggan and Andy Schor garnering 95 percent and 94 percent of the vote, respectively.

“We’re still six months out, and a lot can happen in that time, but these races are clearly Mike and Andy’s to lose at this point,” said Matt Resch, president of Resch Strategies.

Alternatively, the governor’s race is incredibly tight, with Democrat, Gretchen Whitmer winning with 36 percent of the vote, just barely edging out Republican challenger, Bill Schuette, who earned 34 percent. Democrat, Dan Kildee and Republican, Brian Calley finished a distance third and fourth with 17 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

“With Election Day over a year and half away and three of the four individuals included in this poll having not yet formally announcement their candidacy, the dynamics of Michigan’s governor’s race are sure to change at some point,” said Dennis Denno, president of Denno Research. “However, right now, Lansing insiders clearly think this is a two-horse race.”

The Pundit Poll is a survey on the latest political news and issues in Michigan. The survey uses emails to collect the compiled and confidential responses from political strategists, consultants, and insiders across Michigan, with the goal of offering an insider’s look at the political issues facing the state. A full list of 100 pundits in the poll can be found at: www.thepunditpoll.com. 

Methodology:  This was a Resch Strategies/Denno Research survey of Michigan political experts, pundits, and members of the media. 99 respondents were invited and 64 responded. The survey was emailed Wednesday, April 26 and closed Thursday, April 27.