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Polls suggest the federal government shutdown is hurting 3 Michigan congressmen's reelection hopes

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

The reelection chances of three Michigan congressmen might be hurt by the federal government shutdown.

The poll numbers show Republican Congressmen Tim Walberg, Kerry Bentivolio and Dan Benishek all trailing significantly behind a generic Democratic opponent. 

Tom Jensen is with Public Policy Polling, the Democratic-leaning firm that conducted the voter surveys.  The voter surveyed was commissioned by MoveOn.org. 

He says their data shows voter discontent over the shutdown may tip the balance in November 2014.    

“Republicans have shot themselves in the foot and put themselves into a pretty bad position for next fall,” Jensen told reporters today.

Jensen says it's not too soon to be predicting the result of an election more than a year away.

“These were the sort of numbers we were starting to see in Democratic held districts at this time four years ago,” says Jensen.

Democrats lost control of the U.S. House in 2010, as the rise of the Tea Party powered the Republicans to victory.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Walberg called the poll "unscientific" and adding:

"Rep Walberg is focused on building a healthy economy and working with colleagues to help hardworking taxpayers by making the government live within its means, improving education and workforce training, stopping both the IRS from abusing citizens and the government takeover from healthcare that that is raising costs and hurting families."

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.