Conservative political commentator Tudor Dixon has won the Republican nomination for governor in Michigan, according to Decision Desk HQ, setting up a November matchup with Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI).
According to reports at the time of publishing, Dixon had clinched enough to win the primary, hitting 70,000 votes with just 13% of the vote in and more than doubling the vote counts of any of her challengers. Dixon was recently endorsed by influential Republicans in the state and across the country, and just days before the Tuesday primary, former President Donald Trump also gave her his support.
Dixon comes out on top in a chaotic Michigan race that saw five candidates suspended from the ballot, including former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, after fraudulent signatures were found on ballot petitions. The race was wide open following the ballot suspensions, pitting five relatively unknown candidates against each other. Dixon performed well in the most recent polling, and cruised to a primary win Tuesday.
In a June interview with The Daily Wire, Dixon addressed a potential matchup against Whitmer, calling out the governor’s policies that Dixon says have “done so much damage to the state.”
“You look at what her record is, and we really strongly believe if we just hold her to her record, that’s enough to remind the people of Michigan that we can have a much better state,” Dixon remarked.
Earlier on Tuesday, Whitmer was asked about a matchup with Dixon and responded by referring to potential opponents as “culture warriors.” “You’ve got culture warriors and you’ve got someone who’s a problem solver. That’s how I’ve always operated and that’s how I’ll continue to,” the governor said.
Dixon has brought up the culture war during the race, including the issue of drag queens performing in front of children. “As Governor, I will sign a bill that creates severe criminal penalties for adults who involve children in drag shows,” Dixon tweeted in early June.
“This type of behavior is criminal child sexually abusive activity,” she added. “We will make Michigan the toughest state in the country on child sex abusers.”
Weeks later, Dixon backed up her comments on drag queens by joining Michigan Republican legislators to announce a bill targeting drag shows in public schools. “We’re here to fight the culture war,” she said.