Jul 18, 2010
Hansen Clarke increases his lead in the 13th Congressional District
Hard work by the Hansen Clarke for Congress campaign has put him 13 percentage points ahead of incumbent Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District, according to an EPIC-MRA on July 6.
The polls shows State Sen. Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit, ahead 44 to 31 percent among likely voters in the Aug. 3 Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District. The four other Democratic challengers got a total of 9 percent among them with no one at more than 3 percent. Clarke has increased his lead from a poll by Practical Political Consulting and Inside Michigan Politics last month that gave Clarke a 27 to 19 percent lead.
According to the Detroit Free Press, “nearly half of the poll respondents who weren’t choosing Kilpatrick cited Kilpatrick family scandals as their reason for not wanting to keep the seven-term incumbent in office” The scandals with her son, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, are well documented. “Another 15 percent said it was time for a change from Kilpatrick, who was first elected to Congress in 1996.”
The campaign got even more good news when the Free Press announced its endorsements for the primary on Sunday, and Clarke got the nod as he continues to rack up endorsements and supporters.