Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig leads his closest opponent, Garrett Soldano, by 17 points in the Republican primary for Michigan governor, according to election transcripts released Friday.
The election memo sent out by Craig’s campaign shows that a poll by McLaughlin & Associates gave Craig 31 percent support compared to Soldano’s 14 percent support, while 34 percent of respondents said they were undecided on a candidate.
Behind Craig and Soldano were several other contenders in the packed main race, including businessman Perry Johnson at eight percent, real estate agent and activist Ryan Kelly at six percent, conservative commentator Tudor Dixon at three percent, and former car dealership owner Kevin Rinke at two percent, so the poll.
The poll also weighed the candidates’ “image ratings” and found that Craig, who served as chief of the Detroit Police Department for eight years, had the highest awareness at 72 percent. Johnson had 60 percent awareness, Soldano had 51 percent, Rinke had 47 percent, and Dixon rounded out the list with 37 percent.
Craig celebrated his campaign’s strong position in a statement, saying, “Our message of problem-solving and leading from the front resonates with Michiganians as I travel across the state.”
“The momentum is behind us, and I hear it all the time — Michiganians want real leadership in Lansing to rebuild our economy and bring good-paying jobs back to Michigan,” Craig added.
The McLaughlin poll results align with a Trafalgar poll also released on Friday, which again found Craig by a wide margin over his closest opponent, this time Johnson, with Craig receiving 34 percent compared to Johnson’s 16 percent. Soldano was third with 15 percent, followed by Kelly with seven percent and Dixon with three percent.
The primary is on Aug. 2, and the winner will face incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has spent the past two years fending off Republican criticism of her notoriously strict coronavirus lockdowns and mandates in 2020 and 2021, which associated with repeated cases of Whitmer defies their own guidelines and recommendations.
Election analysis firm Cook Political Report rates the general election race as a “toss-up,” a rating it changed from “lean democrat” in December. Cook remarked at the time that Craig “looks like an early favorite.”
While former President Donald Trump has yet to factor in the Republican primary race at this point, the poll results come a day ahead of a rally Trump plans to hold Saturday night in Washington Township, Michigan characteristic several candidates from the state he has already endorsed.
The McLaughlin poll was conducted March 22-24 among 500 likely primary voters and had an error rate of +/- 4.4 percent.
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