- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2014

Michigan voters are weighing the nation’s impact of their vote in the state’s U.S. Senate race and leaning toward keeping it in Democratic hands, according to the latest poll.

Democrat Rep. Gary Peters maintains a 9-point lead over Republican Terri Lynn Land in the race, with 63 percent of Michigan voters saying who controls Congress is a factor in their decision, said a USA Today/Suffolk poll released Wednesday.

Mr. Peters tops Ms. Land, a former Michigan secretary of state, 46 percent to 37 percent, in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Carl Levin.

Michigan is one of a handful of contests this year that could determine which party has the majority in the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six seats to seize control for Democrats in November.

But Ms. Land can’t seem to win over Michigan women, which is a problem for Republicans nationally.

Mr. Peters lead Ms. Land 52 percent to 32 percent among women in the poll, while Ms. Land leads among men 42 percent to 39 percent.

“Peters is holding his own among men,” David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center, told the newspaper.

• S.A. Miller can be reached at smiller@washingtontimes.com.

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