MI-14: With Vote Split, Former Rep. Hansen Clarke Has Big Polling Lead

MI-14: With Vote Split, Former Rep. Hansen Clarke Has Big Polling Lead


The results of a Detroit Free Press/WXYZ-TV/EPIC-MRA poll of 800 people shows that former Michigan Rep. Hansen Clarke has a sizeable lead in the race for MI-14 — the House seat being vacated by Rep. Gary Peters who is running for U.S. Senate.

The poll shows that Clarke is leading in a four person race with 39% of the vote. His next challenger — Mayor Brenda Lawrence — is polling at 28%. A vote split between Lawrence and State Rep. Rudy Hobbs is assisting Clarke in his effort to return to Congress.

brenda1Clarke shocked the political world in 2010 when he defeated Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick.

“In polls taken this month, Clarke was holding a 39%-28% lead over Lawrence, with Hobbs finishing in third with 20% and Democrat Burgess Foster of Detroit with 4%,” a post on Clarke’s facebook page reads.

Even though Clarke is under heavy attack from his opponents and State Rep. Hobbs is the front runner in the money race, Clarke has maintained a consistent lead in the two major polls taken on the race.  But Mayor Lawrence has won the endorsement of Emily’s List and also has an impressively high percentage of small donations to her campaign. Lawrence has also been endorsed by Aretha Franklin as well as many local elected leaders.

Primary day is August 5 and Hobbs has $170,000 cash on hand, Lawrence has $139,000 and Clarke has $26,000.

Hobbs is currently the highest ranking African American lawmaker in Michigan and has a number of impressive endorsements including Sen. Carl Levin and his brother Rep. Sander Levin.