O’Brien Now in Statistical Dead Heat with Upton in 6th Congressional District
LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party today announced that now a fifth race in Michigan is drawing national attention and support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), which has added Mike O’Brien and the 6th Congressional District to its list of “Emerging Races.”
“Mike O’Brien is running a top-notch campaign, and he is successfully making the case to voters that Congressman Fred Upton has lost touch and no longer represents the people of southwestern Michigan,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “With a background as a Marine and small-business owner, Mike has the experience and leadership that voters of the 6th District want to see in a candidate. They don’t want someone that votes in lockstep with his party like Upton.”
A recent survey by the O’Brien campaign showed he was in a statistical dead heat with Upton, with the incumbent leading only by five points, 47 to 42 percent. In addition to the strong initial horserace, the survey also showed O’Brien leading Upton by four points (within the margin of error, 49 to 45 percent) at the end of the survey after respondents hear more about Upton’s record.
The DCCC has previously added Michigan’s 1st Congressional District and Gary McDowell to its “Red to Blue” list, the 5th District and Dan Kildee to its “Majority Makers” list, and the 3rd District (Steve Pestka) and 11th District (Syed Taj) to its “Emerging Races” list.