Republican Tudor Dixon easily won Michigan’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday to run against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November.
At the time of publication, Dixon reportedly had nearly twice as many votes as her closest competitor, businessman Kevin Link. Detroit Free Press result. Analyst David Wasserman called the game around 8:30 p.m. ET, shortly before most polls in the state were over.
Dixon, a conservative media personality, emerged as the clear front-runner in a chaotic five-person primary after former President Donald Trump endorsed her last week.
Trump said of Dixon in his endorsement statement that when he “meeted Tudor Dixon, she was not known” but he could “tell her there was something very special” .
“She’s for God, she’s for guns, she’s for freedom, she won’t be stopped!” Trump said. “When the radical left tries to indoctrinate our kids, she’s going to stand up and be ready to take on one of the worst governors in the country, Gretchen Whitmer, who’s trying to destroy Michigan and us s country.”
Dixon also ran in the primary with the support of Michigan’s wealthy DeVos family.
Dixon’s rise to the top of the junior field seemed unlikely before. In May, however, the state lobbying committee disqualified half of the Republican gubernatorial primaries, including front-runner James Craig, the former Detroit police chief, because they filed invalid nomination petitions.
Disqualification pushes the primary into a last-minute competition among the underdogs.
Whitmer ran unopposed in her primary, benefiting from chaos as polls show she has a sizable lead, election analyst Cook Political Reports recently reported. move Battlefield state competition from tossing to “Lean D”.
The Republican Governors Association (RGA) celebrated Dixon’s victory in a statement Tuesday night, saying the group was “even more excited” to “end Whitmer’s disastrous term.”
RGA Co-Chair Governor. Doug Ducey and Pete Ricketts said: “Michigan voters sent a clear message tonight, tired of Gretchen Whitmer’s rampant hypocrisy, and totally ignoring it Transparency, and a failed agenda to make it harder for families to make ends meet. We are very excited to support Tudor Dixon this fall to end Whitmer’s disastrous term.”