A new poll suggests that as the Republican National Convention gets ready to begin, presumptive nominee Mitt Romney is tied in Michigan with President Barack Obama. A Mitchell Research poll released Sunday night showed the two tied at 47% apiece. Three percent said they would support someone else, and 3% were undecided.
The poll surveyed 1,277 likely voters last Thursday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
"Romney has solidified his lead with Republicans and has moved back into a tie with Obama as a result of a big shift in men toward his candidacy," said Republican pollster Steve Mitchell. "He has also gained with independent voters."
Just 10 days ago, Obama led Romney in the Mitchell Research poll by 5%, 49%-44%.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder agrees that Romney can take the state, which a Republican presidential candidate hasn't won since 1988: "We need to remind them of 2010 when we won the governorship, the House and the Senate. We won everything. If that doesn't make us a battleground state, I don't know what does."
Who says the guy doesn't have a partisan streak?
Taking time for Tampa
U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek said he wasn't even planning on coming to the Republican National Convention this week.
"I've got a pretty tough race Up North," he said. "Every Democrat wants me out of there."
But instead of crisscrossing the massive district, which includes the Upper Peninsula and a portion of northern lower Michigan, he's in Tampa waiting an extra 24 hours to speak this afternoon at the convention.
Back in the Upper Peninsula, his opponent Gary McDowell, a Democrat from Rudyard, said Benishek should have been talking to seniors about their concerns instead of hanging with the GOP elite in Florida. As it happens, a Republican group in Washington unveiled an ad blasting McDowell for comments he made in the 2010 race in which he talked about the cost of end-of-life care.
A jolt for breakfast
Inviting Newt Gingrich to breakfast for a bunch of Republicans is a little like getting a triple cappuccino. That's what Michigan's delegation got a good dose of Monday morning. "Can we tell the truth better than Obama can lie?" Gingrich asked. "The future of our country is at stake."
Didn't he say something like that about Romney during the primary season?
Romney's slippery slope
"As you can imagine, he was terrified. He's not exactly a thrill seeker. But that was a critical moment in the turnaround of the games. He would do anything to ensure the success, including risking his own personal health."
-- Craig Romney, describing dad Mitt's head-first run down an icy skeleton run leading up to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah.
Delegate of the Day
--Chuck Yob , 75, Hesperia
--Calling in life: Political consultant, former Republican National Committee member, persuader in chief
--How many conventions: Every one since President Ronald Reagan was nominated for re-election in 1984 in Dallas.
--Why conventions: "You get to see all these people that you only see once every four years. And you get to party a little, too."
--Whom does he like in 2012: Romney, of course, although Yob was a supporter of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum for president before he dropped out of the race. "This is probably the first time that I haven't supported the winner (in the primary). But I like Romney. I support him and I really admire him strongly."
On the list to not be missed
"Where's McCotter? He's home counting his votes again. Those who embarrass us, we won't miss."
-- GOP committeeman Peter Secchia on former U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, a Livonia Republican.
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