After being endorsed by President Donald Trump, Michigan Republican candidate Tudor Dixon won the primary election on Tuesday, setting him up to challenge incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer in November’s general election. However, his victory was not without controversy; leading up to the primary, campaign ads accused Dixon of having a history of racially charged comments, including calling the Black Lives Matter movement ‘an abomination before God and referring to African-Americans as ‘heathens.’ Despite these concerns, Dixon still managed to win the primary with an impressive 58% of the vote.
Dixon Will Face Outgoing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
NBC has announced that former Republican commentator and actor Tudor Dixon, endorsed by former president Donald Trump, will win the Republican gubernatorial primary election in Michigan.
In the general election, Dixon will face incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who won unopposed in the Democratic primary.
Following the tumultuous Republican gubernatorial primary, Dixon emerged as the frontrunner only after multiple leading candidates were disqualified and another was arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Clinton faces an uphill battle against Whitmer, whose bid for a second term is boosted by a well-funded campaign and high approval ratings. Despite Joe Biden’s unpopularity in the state, which has caused Democrat enthusiasm to dwindle in recent weeks, Whitmer remains more popular than she appears. Polls from before the primary show Whitmer leading Dixon in a theoretical head-to-head matchup. However, Dixon is also backed by the powerful DeVos family, which is reportedly connected to super PACs that have donated more than $2 million to support her campaign. Betsy DeVos served as Trump’s Secretary of Education until she resigned on Jan. 6, 2021, saying Trump crossed a “line in the sand.”
Dixon is The Most Popular Candidate in The Republican Primary
Dixon has emerged as the most popular candidate in the Republican primary, according to a recent survey by RealClearPolitics. He endorsed her less than a week before the election.
Prior to Trump announcing his endorsement, the Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, penned a handwritten note to the former president, urging him to back Dixon.
As in Michigan’s Republican primary, Dixon has echoed Trump’s earlier claims that the results of future elections will be tampered with because of fraudulent votes. Ahead of the Tuesday primary and with Trump’s endorsement, Dixon said her concern was that she wanted a more careful course pursued in her state.