WXYZ Detroit - For the first time in many years, retiring Congressman Mike Bishop won’t be on the August 5 primary ballot.
But in the Republican primary race to fill his seat for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District, former State Senator Mike Bishop has a comfortable lead. According to an exclusive WXYZ/Detroit Free Press Poll, if the election were held today, Bishop would beat GOP contender State Representative Tom McMillin, 44 percent to 33 percent. Twenty-two percent were undecided.
The 8th District has traditionally voted for Republican representation. Congressman Rogers has represented that district since 2001 and was appointed the powerful chairman of the House Intelligence Committee in 2011. Rogers announced that he endorses Bishop for his job. When the 804 respondents in the automated survey conducted by EPIC MRA were given that information, 52 percent said they favored Bishop compared to 32 percent for McMillin. Sixteen percent aren't sure who they would cast their ballot for.
The survey was conducted July 19 – 20 for our statewide media partners and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
EPIC▪MRA SURVEY OF CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 8
ACTIVE/LIKELY REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS
WLNS TV 6, the Detroit Free Press, WJRT (ABC) TV 12, WXYZ TV 7, & WOOD TV8
[FREQUENCY REPORT OF SURVEY RESPONSES – 804 SAMPLE – ERROR ±3.5%]
Polling Dates: July 19 and 20, 2014
As you may know, Congressman Mike Rogers decided not to run for reelection, leaving the 8th Congressional District as an open seat. Knowing that, if the August 5th Republican primary election for U.S. Congress in the 8th District were held today, which of the following candidates would you vote for?
36% Mike Bishop
9% Lean toward Bishop 45% TOTAL BISHOP
25% Tom McMillin
8% Lean toward McMillin 33% TOTAL MCMILLIN
22% Still Undecided/Unsure
Congressman Mike Rogers announced that he endorsed Mike Bishop in the Republican primary election and urged voters to cast their ballots for Bishop. Knowing this, let me ask you again, if the election for U.S. Congress in the 8th District were held today, who would you vote for?
48% Mike Bishop
4% Lean toward Bishop 52% TOTAL BISHOP
29% Tom McMillin
3% Lean toward McMillin 32% TOTAL MCMILLIN
16% Still Undecided/Unsure