The politically influential DeVos family of Michigan gave its support to gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon on Monday, helping boost her campaign in a crowded GOP field.
Dick DeVos delivered the endorsement on behalf of his family during a radio appearance on The Paul W. Smith Show, describing Dixon as being a combination of a "compelling personality" and a "compelling plan," making her "absolutely" the best GOP candidate to run against incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November, according to Detroit News.
“Our family intends to provide support for her financially,” DeVos said. "We think Tudor, as a business leader, as a mom, has the experience, the passion and a plan to put the state back on track."
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The endorsement is one of Dixon's biggest to date. Others who have lined up behind the businesswoman and conservative commentator include state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey of Clarklake and U.S. Reps. Bill Huizenga and Lisa McClain. Dixon expressed her appreciation for the endorsement in a statement, stressing her intention to make Michigan "the best state in the country to live in."
Dixon appears to be gunning for the support of former President Donald Trump, saying during a GOP debate Thursday that Trump is "still my president," a nod to claims of 2020 election fraud that have been roundly rejected by courts and election officials.
Trump has not yet endorsed a candidate in the Michigan gubernatorial race, though he did refer to Dixon as "a fantastic, brilliant candidate" in early April, according to FOX 17. DeVos, a business executive who ran an unsuccessful bid for governor in 2006, is the husband of Trump's former secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.
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Other candidates Dixon is running against ahead of the Aug. 2 primary election include Perry Johnson of Bloomfield Hills, Kevin Rinke of Bloomfield Township, and former Detroit Police Chief James Craig. The candidate who wins the primary will most likely run against Whitmer, who has 34% of the state’s voters supporting her reelection and 59% open to supporting someone else, according to a poll conducted in March.