Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer defeats Tudor Dixon, wins 2nd term

Democratic incumbent wins 2022 race for next Michigan governor

FILE - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Sept. 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File) (Paul Sancya, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Michigan’s incumbent Governor Gretchen Whitmer has secured a second term in office after winning majority of the vote in the midterm election, the AP projects.

The 2022 race for Michigan governor was called in favor of Democratic incumbent Whitmer, who defeated Republican opponent Tudor Dixon.




Gretchen Whitmer*(D)
Tudor Dixon(R)
100% of Precincts Reporting

(4,690 / 4,690)

The face-off between Whitmer and Dixon represented the first time two women were competing for the role of governor in Michigan history. Dixon was also the first woman to ever win the GOP nomination for Michigan governor. The GOP nominee defeated a small field of Republican gov. candidates in the Aug. primary and surged to a decisive win after securing the last-minute endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

In our polls taken in the months and weeks leading up to Election Day, Gov. Whitmer held a lead over Dixon -- though that lead did get tighter in October. Dixon struggled with low name identification for months, but Republican voters became more familiar with the candidate in the final weeks before the election.

Whitmer was the favored candidate among Southeast Michigan voters, while polls showed Dixon was favored more among voters in the rest of the state.

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The chart below shows where voters stood on both candidates, according to poll results from July through October.

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