LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – In a year where there was no opponent in the Democratic governor’s race in Michigan, incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer still received 936,932 votes based on current Michigan Secretary of State numbers.
The total number of Republican votes for all gubernatorial candidates came in at a slight advantage at 1,074,370 votes, not counting the write-in votes of James Craig. That’s a difference of 137,438 votes.
In Michigan’s two biggest counties, Wayne and Oakland, Whitmer received more votes than all of the Republican candidates combined. In Wayne county, Whitmer received 189,769 votes to the Republican’s 87,255 votes. In Oakland county, Whitmer received 170,746 votes to the Republican’s 124,825 votes.
What happens in the general election in November on the Republican side will depend on candidate Tudor Dixon’s ability to turn out the Republican base, secure the votes of the supporters of the candidates who lost, and win over Independents.
With the upcoming race appearing to be one of abortion rights vs. lockdown tyranny, each side will be working to convince voters which freedoms are more important to them.
On the Democrat side, they have already shown they will use the current chaos of the status of abortion laws in Michigan to their advantage and paint Dixon as a radical who is out of touch with the average voter. After Dixon secured the nomination to be the Republican candidate for governor, Whitmer’s team came out quick with a statement that Dixon would drag Michigan backwards and pointed out her plans to ban abortion.
The Democrats are defining Dixon as “dangerous” for women and families while framing Whitmer as the one who is moving Michigan forward.
On the Republican side, Dixon is reminding everyone of the harm that Whitmer caused during the pandemic, locking down people in their homes, closing schools, closing businesses and sending COVID-19 positive patients into nursing homes. In her victory speech, Dixon called Whitmer the “queen of lockdowns” and said that her policies “stopped us from doing what the people of Michigan do best…working to make Michigan the best place in the world to live.”
The most recent polling for a Whitmer-Dixon contest comes out of the Detroit News/WDIV-TV polling from July 5th through 8th which showed Whitmer having an 11 point advantage.
With $15 million in the bank and more to come, Whitmer will be able to accumulate donations from her abortion-motivated electorate, supporting PACs and funding outside of the state to fight what Dixon calls an “epic battle” for the future of Michiganders.