Saturday, October 30, 2010

Meet Justice Alton Thomas Davis

One of the things that has surprised me this year is that even at this late date, even after all the money that has been spent - there still is a huge lack of name recognition on the races down ticket. In light of that, here is a short bio on Justice Alton Thomas Davis:

Some of the numbers on the last EPIC poll:

The survey showed that over half of voters don't recognized the names of secretary of state candidates Ruth Johnson, the Republican Oakland County clerk, or Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat and Wayne State University law professor. In the poll, 44 percent favored Johnson, while 36 percent said they'd vote for Benson, with 6 percent choosing a third-party candidate. Fourteen percent remained undecided.

Republican attorney general candidate Bill Schuette, a former Court of Appeals judge and longtime public official, was better known than his Democratic opponent, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. Fifty-seven percent didn't recognize Leyton's name, while 42 percent didn't recognize Schuette's.

That gap in name recognition is apparently helping Schuette. Forty-seven percent said they'd vote for him, compared with 37 percent who backed Leyton. Five percent said they'd prefer a third-party candidate and 11 percent were undecided.

In the Supreme Court race, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Mary Beth Kelly and Justice Bob Young, both GOP nominees, are leading the field of five candidates running for two seats. But the largest share of voters -- 37 percent -- are undecided.

Twenty-four percent said they'd back Kelly, while 20 percent said they'd back Young. Among the Democratic nominees, Justice Alton Thomas Davis is backed by 10 percent, while Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Denise Langford Morris is supported by 7 percent. Attorney Bob Roddis got 2 percent.

The healthy percentage of undecided voters in all of these races means a chance for everyone, and it might come down to the ground game. A salute goes out to the boots knocking on those doors and making those calls today. Get those names out there!