Tyrannical Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) is more than 30 points ahead of her closest Republican challengers following a shakeup of the GOP candidate field, according to a new poll conducted by Target Insyght.
The poll showed Whitmer with a 34-point lead over businessman Kevin Rinke and real estate broker Ryan Kelley, a 36-point lead over chiropractor Garrett Soldano, a 37-point lead over conservative media personality Tudor Dixon, and a 39-point lead over pastor Ralph Rebandt.
The poll was taken from May 26 to May 27, just as the State Board of Canvassers voted to disqualify half of the Republican gubernatorial candidates, including frontrunner former Detroit Police Chief James Craig, for submitting invalid nominating petitions.
The board estimated that candidates’ petition circulators had submitted “at least 68,000 invalid signatures” on the petitions and provided examples of forgeries it had identified. It noted, however, that it did not have “reason to believe that any specific candidates or campaigns were aware of the activities of fraudulent-petition circulators.”
The remaining GOP candidates are now in a battle to separate themselves within a relatively unknown pool of candidates ahead of the August 2 primary, and take advantage of Whitmer’s abysmal job performance rating among Republicans. The poll found that while Whitmer had an “excellent or good job rating” among 80 percent of Democrats and 57 percent of independent respondents, only 24 percent of Republicans said the same.