There is a Michigan gubernatorial race. There are polls.

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Whether or not you buy stock in horserace political coverage, this was released today: a national poll conducted for NBC News has incumbent Republican Gob. Rick Snyder edging his Democratic Party challenger, former U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, by two points. The margin of error is 3.3 percent.

The problem with stories on newly-released polls, as Eric Baerren points out today, is they offer the least-substantive coverage of a race. They're mostly devoid of any stances the candidates take on issues. If anything, they're filler stories for print. But, if you like to keep up on this sort of thing, another poll was released Tuesday, as MLive reports:

Another poll released Tuesday by Vanguard Public Affairs shows Snyder has a significant lead over Schauer: 43-35. A remaining 22 percent said they are still undecided. That poll, conducted by Denno Research, surveyed 600 likely Michigan voters between July 9 and 11. There is a margin of error of plus-minus 4 percent.

Wider gap, sure. Zach Pohl, Schauer campaign spokesperson, says that's no big deal. He tells MLive"Governor Snyder should be worried. The fact that a universally known Republican is below 50 and in a dead heat this far out shows that he is in serious trouble."

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