Tea Party's Amash leads Ellis by 20 points in West Michigan's 3rd District

(WXYZ) - If last week’s Tea Party defeat of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia is a good political indicator, Michigan Congressman Justin Amash should win the August 5th Republican Primary. 

According to a brand new and exclusive WXYZ-TV/Detroit Free Press poll, Amash, who has represented Grand Rapid’s 3rd district since 2011, would beat Republican Brian Ellis 55 percent to 35 percent, if the election were held today. 

Ten percent aren’t sure how they would vote.

Congressman Amash has voted along Libertarian lines in Congress and enjoys strong support from the Tea Party movement.  Ellis, a West Michigan businessman, has the support of Right-to-Life, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Rapids Chamber and the Michigan GOP political establishment. 

Our automated survey of 814 likely Michigan Primary GOP voters, conducted by EPIC MRA, found that 74 percent support the Tea Party. 

Bernie Porn, President of the Lansing-based polling firm that we commissioned our statewide poll with, summed up the race this way. “Because of the strength of the Tea Party in the 3rd District, Ellis has his work cut out for him running against Justin Amash. There is still plenty of time for the numbers to change but Ellis is in an uphill battle.”

Both Amash and Ellis have equal unfavorable ratings at 32 percent but Amash also has a 64 percent favorable rating compared to Ellis’ favorable rating of 40 percent. Twenty-eight percent are undecided.

The closely watched Grand Rapids area political contest is shaping up as big money traditional GOP conservative support vs. what’s being called grassroots “principled conservative” support.

Our exclusive poll for media partners in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing and Flint, was conducted June 10 – 11 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. 

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