Former Detroit police chief turned GOP candidate James Craig leads incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer by six points in a recent Michigan gubernatorial poll.
Among potential Michigan voters, Craig garners 50.4% support for Whitmer’s 44.4%, according to a September 2021 Trafalgar Group poll.
For party participation in the sample size, 53.4% identified as Democrats, 35% identified as Republicans, 11.6% identified as independents.
Craig entered the political arena after serving as Detroit Police Chief for eight years. Retiring from his post with the Detroit Police Department, he heeded encouragement from the Michigan GOP and announced his candidacy for state governor. He is now the front-runner among nine Republican candidates vying to oust Whitmer, who has received a backlash from Tories over the past year for his handling of the pandemic, which has been marked by prolonged lockdowns and punitive COVID restrictions.
In the past, Craig has likened Whitmer’s administration to a monarchical rule from which Michigan voters should declare “independence.”
“Make no mistake, at the polls in 2022 we will be celebrating our independence from the government of Governor Whitmer,” he said in a speech in July.
The Trafalgar poll, which polled 1,097 likely voters in Michigan’s general election September 13-15, showed an increase in preference for Craig from last month. In August, an EPIC-MRA race poll showed Craig and Whitmer were almost tied at 44% to 45%.
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