Whitmer raises $8.5M for re-election campaign in 7 months
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s re-election campaign has raised $8.5 million this year, the most for any gubernatorial candidate in a non-election year in Michigan history.
The Democrat has collected more than $14 million this cycle, already surpassing the $13.3 million she raised for her 2018 run and with 15 1/2 months left until Election Day.
Her committee has more than $10 million on hand, well above what her predecessor, Rick Snyder, had entering 2014 when he won re-election.
Seven Republicans have formed gubernatorial committees. They include:
- Garrett Soldano of Kalamazoo, who is an outspoken critic of Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic.
- Tudor Dixon of Norton Shores, who helps to host the conservative “America’s Voice Live” show online.
Ex-Detroit chief James Craig is expected to enter the race soon.
Separately, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson reported raising over $750,000 for her re-election campaign, including $600,000 since January. She said the fundraising total is the most for a Michigan secretary of state candidate at this point in the election cycle.
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