Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon, accompanied by her children, speaks to members of the media outside Norton Shores Fire Station 3 after voting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 .
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Former conservative commentator and actor Tudor Dixon, backed by former President Donald Trump, will win Michigan’s Republican gubernatorial primary, an NBC News project.
Dixon will face off against incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who went unopposed in the Democratic primary.
with this disqualified from voting Another was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
Dixon could face an uphill battle with Whitmer, whose bid for a second term is backed by a well-funded campaign and strong approval ratings.While President Joe Biden’s unpopularity in the state could dampen Democratic enthusiasm across the board, recent polls show Whitmer above water. A survey conducted prior to the primary election also showed Whitmer leads Dixon in a hypothetical game.
But Dixon is also backed by the powerful DeVos family, which is reported to have Spend over $2 million to support her candidacy. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s former education secretary, but she resigned after Jan. 6, 2021, later said Trump crossed ”line on the beach. “
According to the really clear politics. Trump endorsed her less than a week before Election Day.
Before Trump announced his support, DeVos wrote the former president a handwritten note urging him to support Dixon, The New York Times report.
Like other candidates in the Michigan Republican primary, Dixon has previously responded to Trump’s false claims that key 2020 election results were subject to widespread fraud.Dixon offered more in weekend before primary and after Trump endorsement vague language, said she was concerned about how race could be sued in her state.