According to a recent poll compiled by EPIC/MRA on behalf of the Detroit News, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos leads Governor Jennifer Granholm 48% to 40%. Television commercials featuring DeVos have been airing in Michigan for months and it appears they're working. The Democratic Party in Michigan has just recently begun airing it's own television commercial promoting Granholm.
The poll also shows that if the election were held today, 29% of Detroiters would vote for DeVos. This number may seem small but according to the Michigan Secretary of State only 5.4% of Detroit voters voted for the Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2002. On the other hand, the poll shows that DeVos isn't doing as well as he could in Oakland County. He only gets 43% of their vote to Granholm's 48% even though President Bush got 49% of Oakland County in the 2004 election.