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Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon topped a crowded primary field and will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the November general election.
The Associated Press called the race for Dixon with about 19% of the vote counted, showing her leading with 41% of the vote.
Dixon received a last-minute endorsement from former President Donald Trump on Friday, which appeared to solidify her front-runner status in a field that included businessman Kevin Rinke, church pastor Ralph Reband, entrepreneur and chiropractor Garrett Soldano and real estate agent Ryan. Kelley.
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Whitmer is seeking a second term as governor after a tumultuous year filled with criticism over her handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has included a slow economic recovery for the state, a large loss of small businesses and suffering in school performance.
Democrats were accused of meddling in the Republican primary after running ads attacking Dixon, appearing to portray her as the GOP candidate the party least wanted to face in the general election.
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The race will be one of the most closely watched gubernatorial contests in the country with analysts predicting it will be a toss-up as to which party will come out on top.