Most Michigan voters described their state’s economic recovery as neither good nor bad. However, they did say it was getting better. That might have been the deciding factor as voters decided to give the incumbent Republican a second term in office over his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer by a 4-point margin, according to ABC News and NBC News.
Snyder touted the 300,000 new private sector jobs that were created under his administration–and dispelled myths relating to his tax policies, especially the one that will impact pension holders in the state.
Schauer hit the trail hard, visiting almost every corner of the state before tonight. He slammed Snyder for promoting bad tax policies, outsourcing jobs, and cutting $1 billion from education.
The two candidates had a tense town hall-style debate over these issues earlier this October.
Nevertheless, Snyder was in the lead for the vast majority of polls, especially after September. Things began to tighten up after the debate, but Snyder led Schauer by double digits at the end of the night.
One key indicator for this race was that 76 percent of Michigan voters were worried about the economy–and broke for Snyder by 11 points 54/43.
Key in #MIGov. 76% are worried about the economy, and they vote for Snyder by 11 points, 54-43%.— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) November 5, 2014