Vice President Mike Pence announced his plans to return to Michigan to campaign for Republican Senate candidate John James the same day a poll in Michigan was released, which shows James within a single-digit margin against Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow, cutting her lead in more than half.
The EPIC-MRA poll released Thursday showed James, who was at one point down by 20 points in multiple polls, is now only behind by 7 points, just less than two weeks before the Nov. 6 midterm elections. This comes as James has received a list of big name endorsements, such as from President Donald Trump, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr., national security adviser John Bolton, Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio and many others.
“As we surge in polls against 43-year politician Sen. Stabenow, we welcome Vice President Pence to rally with our co-pilots in Grand Rapids,” James said to The Daily Caller News Foundation after the news. “The Vice President knows first-hand that when momentum starts in Michigan it does not stop. The people of our state don’t want free stuff, they want a fair shot and as they get to know me they trust I will always have their back.”
Pence tweeted out the new polling numbers hours after it was released, saying he will be at the Kent GOP Lincoln Day GOTV rally on Monday night to campaign with James.
Latest @Freep poll has @JohnJamesMI & @SchuetteOnDuty surging thanks to @realDonaldTrump’s increased approval ratings in Michigan! I’ll be at @KentGOP Lincoln Day GOTV rally Monday night! Let’s keep the momentum going! https://t.co/08ZkJk2bJx
— Mike Pence (@mike_pence) October 25, 2018
James also sent out a tweet, saying that Pence knows “first-hand that when MOMENTUM starts in Michigan it does not stop!”
The @VP @mike_pence knows first-hand that when MOMENTUM starts in Michigan it does not stop! The people of our state don’t want free stuff, they want a fair shot & as they get to know me they trust I will always have their back. Let’s Fly! #MISen #LetsFlyMI https://t.co/FYkCa1hD1Y
— John James (@JohnJamesMI) October 25, 2018
Pence previously campaigned with James on Aug. 29 in West Bloomfield, Michigan, touting James’s “leadership and a renewed vision” to Washington, D.C., and said James will fight for Trump’s agenda in the U.S. Senate. (RELATED: Michigan Republican John James Dings Opponent Debbie Stabenow For Taking Money From Drug Industry She Claims To Fight)
The poll contacted 600 likely voters in the 2018 midterm elections between Oct. 18-23. There was a margin of error of 4 percentage points.
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