Peters loses 10 points since June in NYT/Siena poll, explaining why national Democrats are pouring cash into Michigan
LANSING, Mich., October 12, 2020 – U.S. Senate candidate John James is tied for the lead in the newest New York Times/Siena poll released today.
The poll, conducted between October 6th and October 11th, shows the race as 43% Peters – 42% James, well within the margin of error (4.6%).
According to NYT/Siena, James has essentially overcome a 10-point deficit in their poll since June.
As James continues to shine in polling, he is also winning the fundraising race. James has out-raised Peters repeatedly, including a $14 million haul in the most recent reporting period. Peters, an incumbent, continues to fall well-behind on fundraising compared to challenger Democrats running in other states.
The Times’ analysis of the race makes clear that John James is in position to be the next U.S. Senator from Michigan:
- “Peters, a Democrat, faces a surprisingly strong challenge from John James, a graduate of West Point who is considered one of the Republicans’ top recruits of the cycle. Mr. Peters leads by just one percentage point, 43 percent to 42 percent, among likely voters, a significant narrowing of the race since a Times/Siena survey in June that found Mr. Peters leading, 41-31.”
- “A closely fought race in Michigan complicates the Democratic path to flipping control of the Senate, which has looked increasingly plausible as several Senate Republican incumbents have fared worse than the president in surveys”
- “A Republican win in Michigan would force Democrats to pick up a win in a state that Mr. Trump won comfortably in 2016, like Iowa or Montana, to win Senate control.”
“We have said all along that voters are not excited about reelecting a 30-year politician with no accomplishments other than getting wealthy in office,” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. “As we near Election Day, support for John James is increasing right in time for a victory on November 3rd.”