A new poll shows Michigan Lt. Governor Brian Calley is cutting into Attorney General Bill Schuette lead with likely Republican primary voters in the Michigan Governor's race.
Schuette received 30% of support in the poll while Calley came in at 19%. State Senator Patrick Colbeck was supported by 5% of respondents, and Dr. Jim Hines received 2%.
The poll is a positive sign for Calley: a recent survey had shown Schuette leading by nearly 40%.
Calley even beats Schuette in net favorablility rating by a 37% to 32% margin.
Calley says he is focusing on continuing Michigan's comeback after the state was devastated by the policies of Governor Jennifer Granholm from 2003-2011.
Calley has also spotlighted Schuette's controversial handling of the Flint Water Crisis.
Many believe Schuette is using the issue for his own political benefit instead of truly fighting for the people of Flint, a contention bolstered by the fact Schuette initially declined to investigate the issue.
Strategic National, known for having the only poll correctly predicting President Trump's victory in the Great Lakes State, conducted the latest survey, and the firm's CEO John Yob says Calley's numbers will continue to improve.
“Lt. Governor Brian Calley’s support is surging following his formal announcement to continue the Michigan comeback as Governor," Yob said in a press release. "The numbers should continue to tighten as Senator Colbeck takes support from Attorney General Schuette in the months ahead.”
Michiganders will hit the voting booth in August of 2018.
Former State Senator Gretchen Whitmer leads the Democratic field as speculation swirls over whether controversial Detroit area attorney Geoffrey Fieger will enter the race.
Editor's Note: John Yob is the CEO of Mitten News, the parent company of WJML Radio