Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Tudor Dixon Talk Governor Race Before Election Day Ends
The big race to watch Tuesday night is at the top of the ticket, Michigan’s gubernatorial race. And for the first time in state history, two women lead the race.
Incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hoping to lead our state for the next four years.
“I’m energized, I mean, gosh it is Nov. 8 and it is sunny and beautiful out there,” Whitmer says.
Whitmer thinks she has put out a record that earned her a second term as governor, but will the voters agree?
“I know Michigan is a state full of hard-working people who’ve been through a lot, and they want their leaders to be as good and hard-working as them, and that’s what I have tried to be,” she said.
On the final day of campaigning, after the polls already opened, Whitmer was cheering on canvassers and pushing them to earn every single vote they can.
“Elections can be very close here in Michigan, and that’s why we don’t want to stop talking to voters until the polls close tonight,” Whitmer says.
No matter the result of the election, Whitmer will still be the governor Wednesday as she goes from campaign mode back to governor mode, but she’s confident this won’t be her final months in office.
If she cruises, she can celebrate tonight, but odds are the result won’t be clear until tomorrow.
“It might take a while for the final result, so we have to all manage our expectations and let the process work,” she says.
And with how long results are expected to take, local clerks are reporting a higher turnout than expected, but that is in-person voting. Absentee voting is a little lower than projections. The final counting should be done by tomorrow.
Republican gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon says she’s confident that what she’s done during the campaign will be enough to send her to Lansing.
When Dixon voted Tuesday morning she said she’d been looking forward to this day since she announced her candidacy in May 2021.
“I feel good, I feel excited,” she says.
Dixon seemed more than excited as she stood in line to cast her ballot, she seemed overjoyed.
“I think we left everything in the field,” she says. “We did as much as we possibly could, talked to everybody across the state that we could. I feel good about today.”
Now that she has done all she can, she’s enjoying what is a history-making day in Michigan democracy.
“It’s a history day. I’m the first female Republican gubernatorial candidate,” Dixon says.
She says that she has three key points to success if she became governor.
“We’ll make sure that kids are getting a world-class education. We’ll make sure our cities are safer, and we’re going to bring back the American dream and make it easier for job creators to expand and grow in the state of Michigan.”
And the state of Michigan will decide if those are things they want, too.
“We’ve had a lot of energy on the ground, so we feel like it’s going to be a very good day,” Dixon says.