A new poll is giving some hope to U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters.

First of several polls shows Peters ahead of Land for Senate

Mlive.com is reporting the results of a survey done by Denno Research that shows if the election were held today, Peters would win the seat being vacated by Senator Carl Levin.

The poll done for Lambert, Edwards and Associates, shows 39.7% of those questioned say they would vote for the Democrat  over Republican Terri Lynn Land.   A slightly smaller number--36.7%--say they would vote for Land.

While the poll, one of few recently showing Peters in the lead in the race, found him ahead, the margin of victory was within the margin of error of 4 percentage points.

Five previous polls all showed Land ahead, mostly due to Peter's support of the Affordable Care Act, which he continues to support today.  Land has called the healthcare plan clearly flawed hurting the majority of Americans while helping only a small percentage.

There is no question, though, on just how much money the parties are willing to pump into this race.  A Republican hasn't held a Senate seat in Michigan since 2000 when Debbie Stabenow defeated Spence Abraham.