LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – GOP gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon’s campaign is pushing back against a recent Free Press poll that shows Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lead at 16 percentage points.

“Even Whitmer knows it’s much tighter,” said Sara Broadwater, Communications Director for the Dixon campaign. “She’s not dumping $2.5 million a week in attack ads because she’s running away with it.”

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Broadwater continued, “The left-wing machine keeps dropping loaded, narrative-selling polls because even credible publications like WSJ keep falling for it.”

While attack ads aren’t new in the political landscape, what is unusual is the Democratic focus on targeting only one of the five GOP opponents four days before a primary election, which is what a Democrat front group did in July. “Put Michigan First” shelled out more than $2 million for anti-Dixon ads in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids which ran from Wednesday July 27 through Primary Day on August 2.

Ads which attempt to show Dixon as a anti-abortion fanatic have been running incessantly since the primary. Michigan News Source has reached out to the Dixon campaign several times to ask when her campaign will start running television ads, but it will not comment.

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However, Dixon’s campaign has been targeting other high-priority voting issues. Last week, Dixon unveiled a $1 billion initiative to combat Michigan’s crime rate. This week, she called for the resignation of State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice after LGBTQ training videos surfaced for teachers.

The Dixon campaign also told Michigan News Source an education and road plan will be unveiled soon.

Early voting starts September 9; the general election is November 8.

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