“After a complete shock on Election Night, Romney McDaniel’s pick as Republican of the Year is really no surprise at all,” Matt Resch, president of the Resch Strategies, said. “McDaniel and her team at the state party HQs helped deliver a huge victory for Donald Trump, secured a large majority in the State House and propelled McDaniel to the top of the nation’s GOP ladder as Chair of the Republican National Committee.”
Dennis Denno, president of Denno Research, commented on Kildee’s selection: “Congressman Kildee has been at the center of responding to the crisis in Flint. His profile had risen, and he’s made the most of the leadership opportunity that has resulted.”
Looking forward, the chastened Pundit Poll also predicted The Most Influential Republican and Most Influential Democrat of 2017.
For the Dems, the Poll predicts a triumvirate of influence with Duggan, Singh and Whitmer all receiving 16 votes. Kildee follows up his Person of the Year nod in 2016 with 9 votes for 2017.
For the GOP, Schuette is the pick. The presumptive gubernatorial candidate, Schuette received 18 votes, followed by Leonard (14), Snyder (10), Meekhof (8) and McDaniel (6).
The Pundit Poll is a survey on the latest political news and issues in Michigan. The survey uses emails to collect the compiled and confidential responses from political strategists, consultants, and insiders across Michigan, with the goal of offering an insider’s look at the political issues facing the state. A full list of the nearly 100 pundits in the poll can be found at: www.thepunditpoll.com
Methodology: This was a Resch Strategies/Denno Research survey of Michigan political experts, pundits, and members of the media. 100 respondents were invited and 67 responded. The survey was emailed Thursday Dec. 23 and was closed Wednesday, Dec. 28.