Michigan’s Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer Faces Tough Competition from Conservative Newcomer

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been coasting on overconfidence. With a solid Democratic base in her state, liberal Whitmer hasn’t really thought much about what could happen if she loses her seat.

But she should be thinking about it, because that day might be coming a lot sooner than she expected. 

Conservative media commentator Tudor Dixon has announced that she’ll be running for Governor in 2022 to boot Whitmer out the door. 

There are likely to be a lot of challengers going for the position, including Republican National Committee head Ronna McDaniel and former Senate hopeful John James; at this point, though, Dixon is one of the most exciting names I’ve seen stepping forward. 

‘An Ambitious, Bright Future’

Dixon said she is encouraged by all the support she’s gotten and that she looks forward to helping create a brighter chapter in Michigan’s future than the pro-lockdown and anti-American leadership of Whitmer. 

“I am honored by the tremendous encouragement I’ve received to run and look forward to sharing our vision of an ambitious, bright future for our state with Michiganders,” Dixon said.

She then called to “reopen, rebuild, and restore” the state of Michigan. Dixon later cited the necessity to “turn the page” on Governor Whitmer’s unsuccessful record of leadership in the Michigan.

As an important conservative voice and host of America’s Voice Live, Dixon has been very open about her disagreement with Whitmer, especially on how Whitmer has responded to COVID. 

“It’s hurt the state so significantly,” Dixon told right-wing host Jesse Kelly recently on his show, adding that “you look at hospitality, you look at businesses…we have our schools shut down still, we have many students that are out of school and she supported the teachers union… she’s supported keeping businesses closed.”

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Can Dixon Win?

As flawed as our republic may be, at least politicians still have to answer to the people for their decisions come election time. Many are asking whether Dixon can actually win here, and the answer is: anything is possible.

Considering that 2022 is going to be a midterm with a Democratic president and people eager to move on from COVID talk and those who represent its failed policies, Whitmer could be somewhat weakened and there could be more momentum for candidates like Dixon. 

However, the truth is that despite her strict bans on public meetings and large groups and unpopular COVID lockdowns which she broke in March with a trip to Florida, Whitmer is still politically dominant and has the advantage of large liberal areas of the state. 

Nonetheless, Dixon has until August 2022 to campaign until the Michigan primaries take place; so for now her focus will be on being the GOP standard bearer. 

Best of luck to her!