Debbie Stabenow is looking like a safer and safer bet for reelection. PPP's newest poll finds her ahead of Pete Hoekstra by a 53-37 margin and with an even wider 53-31 advantage on Clark Durant.
The numbers are very similar to the 51-37 lead Stabenow had on Hoekstra in mid-February, but they're quite an improvement from last summer when Stabenow led only 50-41. The fallout from Hoekstra's controversial Super Bowl ad really seemed to take a lot of the wind out of his sails.
Stabenow's benefiting from a Democratic Party that's almost completely united behind her (89-5) as well as a 49-33 advantage with independents. One thing that really pops out in the crosstabs is that she's ahead by a more than 2:1 margin, 60-29, with women.
Stabenow's own approval ratings aren't that impressive, with 45% of voters approving of her to 41% who disapprove. But neither of her opponents have very strong numbers with Hoekstra's favorability rating coming down at 29/30 and Durant's at 9/18.
Hoekstra remains an overwhelming favorite for the Republican nomination. He's at 42% to 11% for Durant, 4% each for Gary Glenn and Randy Hekman, and 0% for Peter Konetchy. Those numbers are virtually unchanged from February when Hoekstra led by a 42-9 spread.
However the Republican primary shakes out Stabenow's polling over 50% and looks to be in a pretty solid position for a third term.
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