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Peters leads former SOS Land in early Michigan U.S. Senate poll

  A new poll shows U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, a Bloomfield Township Democrat, ahead of Republican Terri Lynn Land and seven other potential Republican challengers in the race for U.S. Senate in 2014.
  The poll released Wednesday by Public Policy Polling gives Peters a five-point lead over Land and as much as 20 points over other Republican challengers.

  But it notes that Michigan leans Democratic in national elections and that Land's statewide name recognition of 50 percent is higher than Peters' 34 percent.
  Land, 54, a former Michigan secretary of state, has the highest name recognition of any potential candidate mentioned in the poll.
  Only Land and Peters have announced they're running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin.
  Peters, 54, is in his third two-year term in the U.S. House.
  The poll indicates Peters leads Land 41-36 percent, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers from Howell 42-32 percent, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash from Cascade Township 42-30 percent, U.S. Rep. Dave Camp from Midland 43-31 percent, District Judge Kimberly Small 42-36 percent, state Sen. Roger Kahn from Saginaw Township 44-26 percent, Rob Steele 44-26 percent, and former Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis 44-24 percent.
  The poll follows an earlier one released Monday by the same outfit that showed Democrat Mark Schauer with a four-point lead over Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
  But with 18 months until election day, 20 percent or more of the people surveyed in both races are undecided, leaving plenty of time and room for the candidates from either party to improve their standing among voters or to close the gaps with their opponents.
  The survey of 697 Michigan voters was taken May 30 to June 2, including a sample of 334 Republican primary voters. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 3.7 percent, and for the Republican portion plus or minus 5.4 percent.

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