Poll puts Clinton up 9 points in Michigan

Posted at 7:29 AM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 07:29:48-04

A poll from the The Detroit News and our NBC-affiliate WDIV gives Hillary Clinton a 9 point lead in Michigan. Clinton has 41% of the vote compared to Donald Trump's 31.6%.

That's up from 4 points in May.

Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party Candidate Jill Stein combine for about 11%.

And for the last 3 to 4 weeks, Clinton's campaign has been fanning out across the state.

"There's gonna be volunteers and organizers and paid staff working across the state from southeast Michigan all the way to northern Michigan, west Michigan, mid-Michigan. They're not taking anything for granted," explained Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon.

He added, "In order to make sure that you translate any poll numbers into actual votes, you actually have to have people on the ground working to identify voters, persuading those who may be on the fence."

Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics said that's movement voters in the state haven't seen from the Trump Campaign yet.

"His campaign here is somewhat nonexistent," she said. "He's gonna need a strong ground game, some strong surrogates and so, you know, he needed to start yesterday, but he certainly should start today."

Trump's Michigan Campaign staff wouldn't get into the details of his 'get out the vote' operation just yet, but Campaign Director Scott Hagerstrom did have a few words on the poll.

In a statement he said, "The corrupt political establishment conducted an illegitimate poll that is not representative of Michigan voters. Despite using a rigged poll by oversampling liberal voters, Hillary still can't break 41% support in Michigan, because voters understand that Hillary Clinton represents a third Obama term."

Something Demas thinks Michigan voters might want.

"At the moment I think the safe bet is Clinton to win Michigan. Anything can happen," she said. "There could be another scandal with Clinton, Trump could get it together."

With 96 days before the General Election, it's still too early to call the state.

Demas doesn't think Michigan will be a big player in the Presidential Election. But, she does think we'll see candidates visit several times in the next few months.

Trump's running mate Mike Pence was in West Michigan last week, Time Kaine is expected in Grand Rapids Friday; and, Trump will be in Detroit on Monday.