2022 Michigan gubernatorial election

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Party Democratic Republican

Incumbent Governor

Gretchen Whitmer
Democratic



The 2022 Michigan gubernatorial election will take place on November 8, 2022, to elect the governor of Michigan. Incumbent Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer is running for re-election to a second term.

Democratic primary

Candidates

Declared

Endorsements

Gretchen Whitmer

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Publicly expressed interest

Potential

Withdrawn

Declined

Endorsements

Mike Brown
Individuals
James Craig
U.S. Representatives
Tudor Dixon
U.S. Representatives
Organizations

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Austin
Chenge
James
Craig
Tudor
Dixon
Ryan
Kelley
Kevin
Rinke
Garrett
Soldano
Undecided
Strategic National (R)[A] September 18–19, 2021 400 (LV) ± 4.9% 2% 38% 1% 1% 0% 8% 50%
40% 1% 0% 10% 49%
Hypothetical polling
John James vs. James Craig
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
John
James
James
Craig
Undecided
Target-Insyght May 9–11, 2021 304 (RV) ± 3.5% 36% 21% 42%

General election

Predictions

Source Ranking As of
The Cook Political Report[39] Tossup December 3, 2021
Inside Elections[40] Battleground September 29, 2021
Sabato's Crystal Ball[41] Lean D September 15, 2021
RCP[42] Tossup January 10, 2022

Polling

Gretchen Whitmer vs. James Craig
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
James
Craig (R)
Undecided
The Glengariff Group, Inc. January 3–7, 2022 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 49% 39% 12%
Strategic National (R)[A] September 18–19, 2021 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 47% 46% 7%
The Trafalgar Group (R) September 13–15, 2021 1,097 (LV) ± 3.0% 44% 50% 5%
EPIC-MRA August 9–15, 2021 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 45% 44% 11%
Competitive Edge Research & Communication (R)[B] May 26 – June 4, 2021 809 (LV) ± 4.0% 38% 45%
Target-Insyght May 9–11, 2021 800 (RV) ± 3.5% 48% 42% 10%
Gretchen Whitmer vs. Tudor Dixon
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
Tudor
Dixon (R)
Undecided
The Glengariff Group, Inc. January 3–7, 2022 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 50% 31% 19%
Strategic National (R)[A] September 18–19, 2021 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 46% 41% 13%
Gretchen Whitmer vs. John James
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
John
James (R)
Undecided
Competitive Edge Research & Communication (R)[B] May 26 – June 4, 2021 809 (LV) ± 4.0% 50% 45% 5%
Target-Insyght May 9–11, 2021 800 (RV) ± 3.5% 49% 39% 12%
Gretchen Whitmer vs. Kevin Rinke
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
Kevin
Rinke (R)
Undecided
The Glengariff Group, Inc. January 3–7, 2022 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 50% 33% 17%
Gretchen Whitmer vs. Garrett Soldano
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
Garrett
Soldano (R)
Undecided
The Glengariff Group, Inc. January 3–7, 2022 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 50% 33% 17%
Hypothetical polling
Gretchen Whitmer vs. Candice Miller
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
Candice
Miller (R)
Other Undecided
EPIC-MRA February 19–25, 2021 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 46% 45% 9%
Denno Research December 14–15, 2020 600 (V) ± 4.0% 46% 42% 13%[b]
Gretchen Whitmer vs. generic Republican
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
Generic
Republican
Undecided
Cygnal (R) June 2–6, 2021 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 41% 52% 7%
Gretchen Whitmer vs. generic opponent
Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size[a]
Margin
of error
Gretchen
Whitmer (D)
Generic
Opponent
Undecided
Glengariff Group/The Detroit News February 3–6, 2021 600 (LV) ± 4.0% 39% 41%[c] 20%[d]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Key:
    A – all adults
    RV – registered voters
    LV – likely voters
    V – unclear
  2. ^ Includes Undecided
  3. ^ "Elect someone new" as opposed to "re-elect Whitmer" with 41%
  4. ^ "It depends" with 14%; Undecided with 6%
Partisan clients
  1. ^ a b c Poll sponsored by Craig's campaign
  2. ^ a b This poll was sponsored by the Michigan Republican Party

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