(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Incumbent governor Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, continues to lead Republican candidate Tudor Dixon in the polls, but a new survey found that Dixon may have a chance to win.
According to The Daily Wire, Whitmer leads by six points—a much closer race than previous polls.
A Detroit News poll from early September found that Whitmer led Dixon by 13 points, and in the middle of the month she was leading by 16.
“Even Gretchen’s millions in attack ads can’t erase her record of broken promises,” Dixon tweeted in response to the Trafalgar poll findings. “We will defeat the Queen of Lockdowns.”
— The Trafalgar Group (@trafalgar_group) September 30, 2022
The Trafalgar Group, which performed the poll, released the report a day after an announcement that Governor Whitmer has lost nearly 82,000 jobs under her reign.
In many of her advertisements for reelection, Whitmer has been touting her economic successes, and even bragged about creating 25,000 jobs in the automotive industry within the state—those jobs have yet to be found.
Dixon came out hard against Whitmer’s pandemic-era policies, stating that the extreme lockdowns caused the state’s sluggish economy.
“Gretchen Whitmer implemented the most draconian and extreme lockdowns in the country throughout the pandemic,” Dixon said. “She destroyed our small business community … and forced hard working Michiganders to follow her intrusive orders that picked winners and losers.”
“That is her economic legacy,” the candidate added.
The Trafalgar Group is one of the only pollsters that correctly predicted former President Donald Trump’s win in the state of Michigan in 2016, and is known as one of the most trusted survey groups in the country.
Dixon, a Trump-endorsed candidate, has come out with many conservative plans, including a Florida-like ban on on public schools teaching sexual orientation and gender identity and increasing funding to the police.