LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – A poll conducted by Glengariff Group shows that abortion has become the main issue for many voters in Michigan’s race for governor.
Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has a 13% lead over GOP nominee Tudor Dixon, with the poll showing Whitmer with 48% and Dixon with 35%. Whitmer, who was elected into office in 2018, has yet to crack the 50% mark.
The poll shows that the issues would drive people to the polls on November 8 are abortion and women’s rights (34%), inflation and the cost of living (26%), education (10%), and the economy (8%).
The contrast between the two candidates on the abortion issue is stark. Gov. Whitmer, who has two grown daughters, has repeatedly said she will “fight like hell” for abortion rights through all nine months of pregnancy. She continues to file motions and lawsuits to protect abortion providers from the state’s 1931 abortion ban, which kicked into gear after the U.S. Supreme Court returned abortion regulations to individual states in June. Preliminary injunctions are currently keeping the 1931 ban from taking effect.
Dixon, who is pro-life, a mother of four daughters, and has spoken about the stillborn birth of another daughter, has been backed by the Michigan Right to Life and would back very few exceptions for an abortion.
Another sticking point in the race for Michigan governor appears to be campaign donations and ad money. Whitmer’s war chest, which boasts $20 million, much of which has come from outside the state, has been poured into television ads which attempt to paint Dixon as anti-women’s rights.
Dixon has been endorsed by the DeVos family.
Michigan News Source reached out to Dixon’s campaign several times to ask about ad strategy going into the final two months of before the election. Others are asking the same questions.
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One supporter on Dixon’s Facebook page wrote, “Tudor…please get your word out! So tired of Whitmer’s ridiculous messages cropping up here and there. I haven’t seen much from you. I l live in the Upper Peninsula. I don’t know what your strategy is, but time is getting close. We CAN NOT survive another Whitmer term. People don’t know you.”
Another commenter wrote, “You need to be addressing the entire state, not just these little meet & greet groups. Most of us haven’t heard from you since the primaries. It’s like you’re missing in action.”
Michigan’s election is November 8.