Tudor Dixon, a businesswoman and conservative commentator, won the Republican primary for governor of Michigan on Tuesday, putting the party’s chances of winning the battleground state this fall in jeopardy but also setting up a difficult election against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
In a contest between unknown political newcomers, Dixon, who received former president Donald Trump’s support last week, defeated four other men. She also had support from the well-known Michigan Republican family of Betsy DeVos, who served as Trump’s secretary of education but quit after the riot on January 6, 2021, because she disagreed with him, as well as from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and several anti-abortion organizations.
At a victory party, Dixon took the podium and vowed to fight for families who endured Whitmer’s COVID-19 lockdowns and are unable to pay their bills or fill up their cars with petrol. She referred to the outgoing governor as “the queen of lockdowns” and described how her grandmother passed away during the epidemic in a nursing home by herself.
“Frankly Michigan, we deserve better,” Dixon remarked. “Now we have the opportunity to truly hold Gretchen Whitmer accountable for the pain she has inflicted on every one of us during the past four years.”
Because of resentment of her pandemic limitations, rising gas and food prices, and her connections to President Joe Biden, whose approval ratings are low, Whitmer, who did not face a Democratic challenger, was viewed as potentially vulnerable heading into 2022. However, some of those dreams were dashed when prominent Republican candidates failed to secure enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot, and the remaining candidates found it difficult to raise as much money as Whitmer and her multimillion-dollar campaign fund. All of the Republican contenders had never held elected office, and many of them carried baggage that would be detrimental in a general election.
Dixon, a former executive in the steel sector, also hosted a conservative show on a streaming service and even appeared in low-budget zombie films, a passion her campaign referred to as “obviously lame.”
Democrats criticise her extreme right-wing political views, which may be difficult for independent people in Michigan to support. Dixon believes that Michigan should do away with the requirement for a permit to carry a concealed handgun unless it is necessary to preserve the mother’s life.
Dixon “has a dangerous agenda that would destroy Michigan working families,” according to Lavora Barnes, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, in a statement released on Tuesday.
The first female Republican candidate for governor of Michigan is Dixon. According to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, this cycle has already seen a record number of races with two female nominees. Before Tuesday, three records—in Iowa, Oregon, and Alabama—were broken, breaking the previous mark of two. It was anticipated that all-race women would emerge from Tuesday’s primary in Arizona.
As a mother of four who placed a strong emphasis on education, Dixon ran for office on the platform that she wanted to ban drag queens and the discussion of sex and gender from primary schools. She pledged to stop “critical race theory” from being taught in Michigan’s public schools and pushed for all school districts to make their curricula and teaching resources available online for parents to view. Additionally, according to Dixon, families ought to be permitted to spend the state’s per-student money on private schools, homeschooling, or other educational institutions of their choosing.
Garrett Soldano, a chiropractor, Ryan Kelley, a real estate broker who pled not guilty to misdemeanour charges related to the Capitol riot, Kevin Rinke, a former car dealership owner, and Ralph Rebandt were all beaten by Dixon.
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As the “establishment” candidate, they attacked Dixon during the campaign, denouncing her ties to DeVos and accusing her of not doing enough to oppose Whitmer when she enacted COVID-19 limits.
Although tense primaries are nothing new, this year’s hostility seems to be at an all-time high because Republicans are divided over whether to focus on the 2020 election or look ahead, to the 2024 presidential election. The divide has been particularly evident and pronounced in Michigan, where Trump has promoted the myth that the 2020 election was rigged against him and has backed numerous candidates who agree with him, including those running for attorney general and secretary of state, with an eye toward a potential 2024 run.
Additionally, subpoenas have been sent to “fake electors” in Michigan who submitted documentation claiming that Trump, not Biden, won the state’s election.
Trump lost Michigan by over 154,000 votes in 2020, and this has been confirmed by several audits, courts, and investigations by the Republican-led state Senate.
Dixon has changed his mind about the matter. When asked who among the candidates thought the election was rigged during a discussion, she raised her hand. While attacking Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and asserting on Fox News Sunday that “we have to make sure our elections are secure and what occurred in 2020 doesn’t happen again,” has become less direct in recent weeks.
Trump has a victory to celebrate thanks to his late support for Dixon, even though he has also suffered some notoriety-defying setbacks.
After Trump’s endorsement, Grand Rapids voter Mark Orsinger claimed he made up his mind to vote for Dixon.
Tudor was unknown to Orsinger until Trump brought her up. She appears to be a decent person. She merely appeared in an ad for 20 seconds.