LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – More than 150 Michigan Republicans deviated from their party line on Monday and launched a campaign effort to boost the reelection prospects of Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer against GOP opponent Tudor Dixon.

“Republicans for Whitmer” is led by a leadership council of 35 Republicans from Michigan, including business leaders, former lawmakers and staff who served under former state Republican Governors John Engler and Rick Snyder. A point of note – Gov. Engler endorsed Dixon before the primary election.

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A similar pro-Whitmer support group backed the governor in 2018 when she ran for her first term against Former Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Last week, a Detroit News poll showed Whitmer with a 13-point lead over Dixon, while 54 percent of respondents said they approve of Whitmer’s governorship.

The launch of “Republicans for Whitmer” comes a day before Dixon is scheduled to unveil her $1 billion plan to recruit and retain law enforcement. She will give a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Grand Rapids.

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The general election is November 8.