Former President Donald J. Trump endorsed Tudor Dixon in Michigan’s Republican primary for governor, giving Ms. Dixon, a former media personality, a lift because the crowded field heads into the ultimate weekend of campaigning.
Ms. Dixon is considered one of three Republicans within the race — out of 5 total — who’ve asserted that Mr. Trump was the true winner in Michigan within the 2020 presidential election, though he lost there by 154,000 votes.
An NBC poll earlier this month showed 19 percent of Michigan Republicans backing Ms. Dixon, giving her a slight lead over Kevin Rinke, a businessman whose support was at 15 percent. Garrett Soldano, a chiropractor, had 13 percent.
Ms. Dixon is Mr. Trump’s nineteenth endorsement in Michigan, a transparent indication of the previous president’s intent to reshape the political landscape within the battleground state ahead of his increasingly likely presidential bid in 2024.
“After recognizing her during my rally speech in April, her campaign took off like a rocket ship,” Mr. Trump said in a press release on Friday.
Ms. Dixon has also secured the endorsement of the DeVos family, longtime power brokers within the state.