Nov 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Gretchen Whitmer re-elected as Michigan governor

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a campaign event.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks to supporters at a campaign rally on Nov. 3 in Warren, Mich. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defeated Trump-endorsed Tudor Dixon to be re-elected as Michigan's governor, the Associated Press reported.

Why it matters: Whitmer, 51, has vowed to use her office to protect abortion access and make Michigan a top target for large manufacturing projects.

  • Whitmer's use of emergency orders during the COVID-19 pandemic, which was heralded by supporters and widely criticized by Republican rivals, incited a kidnapping plot against her that has led to seven men pleading guilty to playing roles in the conspiracy.

Between the lines: Whitmer positioned herself as a moderate during her campaign, welcoming the support of former Republicans, police and the business community.

  • Whitmer, who far outspent Dixon during the campaign, was supported heavily by outside groups as her national profile rose during her first term as governor.

The other side: Dixon was not known in political circles until petition fraud rocked Michigan's gubernatorial race ahead of the primary, but she showed prowess during the debates.

  • It's unknown what Dixon's political future could hold. She earned the support of Michigan's most influential Republican donors — the DeVos family — and soon afterward became the favored candidate among Republican state lawmakers.
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