Poll: Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Unseat Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

Poll: Republicans Face Uphill Battle to Unseat Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) holds a nearly ten-point lead over her closest Republican competitor, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, in Michigan’s 2022 race for governor, according to a poll published Tuesday.

The poll, conducted on behalf of WDIV and the Detroit News from January 3 to 7, found that in a hypothetical gubernatorial matchup against Craig, Whitmer leads by 9.5 percent, garnering 48.6 percent support compared to Craig’s 39.1 percent. Undecided voters account for 11.7 percent.

While Whitmer enjoys an almost double-digit lead in that matchup, and even greater leads in hypothetical matchups against other Republican candidates, poll respondents did not overwhelmingly support the Democrat governor when she became the only option.

Asked if respondents would vote to reelect Whitmer or “someone new,”

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