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MI-Gov: Democrat Gretchen Whitmer leads Republican Bill Schuette in two new polls

Several new polls show Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer leading Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images, Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Gretchen Whitmer, a Democratic candidate for Michigan governor, leads Republican Bill Schuette in two new polls testing the impending November matchup.

What are the details?

One poll, from Strategic National, indicates that Whitmer is the current front-runner for Michigan's gubernatorial race. Strategic National polled 700 likely Michigan voters on  whether they'd vote for Whitmer or Schuette if the race were held today.

According to the poll's results, 45 percent of respondents said that they support Whitmer as opposed to 36 percent who support Schuette. The poll noted that 17 percent were undecided, and 2 percent would vote for a third candidate. The poll found that 91 percent of respondents said they were very likely to vote in November's general election.

To note, the poll found that 32 percent of respondents held a favorable opinion of President Donald Trump, while 11 percent considered him "somewhat favorable."

The poll's margin of error was 3.7 percent.

A second poll from Gravis Marketing yielded similar results. Of 647 likely Michigan voters, 52 percent of respondents said that they support Whitmer, while 37 percent of respondents said they support Schuette. Of the respondents, 11 percent considered themselves to be undecided.

The Gravis poll found that 27 percent "strongly approve" of Trump, while 13 percent "somewhat approve" of the president.

The poll's margin of error was 3.9 percent.

The polls were conducted between Aug. 14-16.

What else?

Whitmer won the Democratic nomination with about 50 percent of the Democratic vote. Schuette won the Republican nomination with about 51 percent of the Republican vote. The primary was held on Aug. 7.

You can read more about Whitmer and Schuette’s backgrounds here.

At the time of this writing, The Cook Political Report calls the Michigan governor’s race a toss-up. The general election is set for Nov. 6.

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