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Another Democrat governor in a major Democrat leaning state is in political trouble, according to two recent polls.  This time it is Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, once in contention for vice president, and whose draconian virus lockdown orders and the resistance to them received nationwide attention.  Her main GOP challenger is black former Detroit police chief  James Craig, who is challenged in the primary by conservative media personality Tudor Dixon.

A poll by the Glengariff Group, commissioned by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, which had endorsed Whitmer in her last race, found that 48% of Michigan voters approve of her performance while 46% disapprove, within the margin of error.  This was a major shift from a year ago when 59% approved of Whitmer and only 38% disapproved. Significantly, among independent voters, 51% disapprove of Whitmer's performance while only 39% approve, and as a representative of the polling firm pointed out in its report, Michigan elections are decided by independent voters.


A second poll, conducted by Strategic National showed the governor's race tied between Whitmer and Republican James Craig, with Whitmer at 46.6% and Craig at 46%, within the poll's 4 point margin of error.  The poll showed a double digit lead for Craig over his GOP primary opponent, conservative media personality Tudor Dixon.  In a race between Whitmer and Dixon, the poll showed Whitmer at 45.9%, Dixon at 41.3% and 12.8% undecided.


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