Politico reports a new survey form EPIC-MRA shows Ann-Arbor businessman Rick Snyder now leading the hotly-contested GOP gubernatorial primary.

The poll of 400 likely Republican voters taken July 26-27 has Snyder leading the Republican pack with 26% compared with 24% for Attorney General Mike Cox and 23% for Representative Pete Hoekstra. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard is fourth at 10% and state Senator Tom George has 1% support. The margin of error is +/- 4.9%.

In the dead-heat, three-man race, Snyder definitely has momentum! EPIC-MRA’s last poll, release in June, showed Cox with a 2-point lead over Hoekstra with Snyder trailing by 6%.

Cox has taken hits for his role in the investigation of an alleged stripper-filled party in 2002 at Manoogian Mansion, the home of then-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The AG denies allegations of any wrongdoing in the investigation, but was hit Monday with an alleged eyewitness saying he saw Cox in attendance at the raucous party.

On the Democratic side, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has pulled ahead of state House Speaker Andy Dillon, leading 40% to 32%. This is a HUGE, 16% move for Bernero since EPIC-MRA’s June survey, and follows significant pro-Bernero / anti-Dillon advertising blitz from labor unions.

Bernero is organized labor’s favorite, receiving support from the AFL-CIO, United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Michigan Education Association (MEA).

EPIC-MRA’s data for the Dems came from 400 likely Democratic voters surveyed July 24-26. See complete survey information here.

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