An overview of Republican gubernatorial candidates
The race for the Republican primary elections got off to a rocky start. The leading contenders at the time – former Detroit Police Chief James Craig and businessman Perry Johnson – became mired in a signature fraud scandal that derailed their campaigns.
Now there’s a slate of new candidates making waves. New candidates seen in debates and on the Michigan sidewalk include Ryan Kelley, Tudor Dixon, Ralph Rebandt, Kevin Rinke and Garrett Soldano.
“I think it’s increasingly likely that (Trump) is going to stay out of (the race), but, of course, we know the former president is very temperamental and can change his mind and decide to , you know, take his action plan pretty quickly.—Jonathan Oosting, Bridge Michigan
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Jonathan Osting is a political reporter covering the state capitol for Bridge Michigan. He says many Republican candidates are leaning on former President Donald Trump’s politics to woo Michigan voters, even though they haven’t officially received his endorsement.
“I think it’s more and more likely that he’s going to stay out of (the race), but, of course, we know the former president is very temperamental and can change his mind and decide, you know, to take his own course pretty quickly,” Oosting says of whether Trump will endorse a nominee.