The Republican field in the race for Michigan governor has been whittled down to one. The story of how it happened is one for the ages.
Tuesday’s primary election determined that conservative commentator Tudor Dixon will face off against incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer come November, the Washington Examiner reported. Dixon was endorsed by former President Donald Trump after the crowded field was whittled down by scandal and an arrest.
Dixon’s candidacy was bolstered by her conservative credentials, including her stint as a media pundit on Real America’s Voice, a pro-Trump media outlet. She’s also been outspoken in her contention that Trump had the 2020 presidential election “stolen” from him.
However, the road to Dixon’s election was littered with disqualified rivals. The political aspirations of several candidates, including Detroit police chief James Craig, evaporated after signatures on their candidates’ petitions were found to be invalid.
Challenger Ryan Kelley was booted from the GOP ballot because he was arrested on federal charges stemming from his involvement in the incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Dixon bested the rest of the field thanks in part to a last-minute endorsement from Trump.
Dixon also got the nod of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Right to life Michigan, and the influential DeVos family. She also received the endorsement of Reps. Lisa McClain (R-MI) and Bill Huizenga (R-MI), leaving her well-positioned against Whitmer in the hotly contested race.
Democrats fought hard to keep Dixon from winning the nomination in hopes of facing off against a lesser Republican. The Democratic Governors Association spent $2 million on a smear campaign hoping to chip away at her conservative backing, including an underhanded attempt to accuse her of supporting defunding the police.
All eyes will be on the Michigan governor’s race this November. The choice will be between Whitmer, whose draconian COVID-19 policies were widely panned, and the freedom-loving alternative in Dixon — and Democrats won’t stand a chance.