Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, once considered an option for a running mate with Joe Biden, is on the verge of being sacked by Republican opponent Tudor Dixon.
New polling data released Monday indicates that Whitmer is almost in a tie with Dixon with roughly 48 percent and continues the trend of closing gaps between Democrats across the nation. However, if that trend continues in the near future, Whitmer is in danger of being eliminated according to RealClearPolitics.
Michigan will join Nevada and Oregon along with other states as crucial picks for the GOP.
The most recent poll, conducted by Michigan News Source and Trafalgar includes results of 1079 likely voters. Whitmer is popular with 48.4 percent of the voters whereas Dixon is supported by 47.9 percent. The downside to Whitmer and the results of this study is that most of those who responded are Democrats while only 37.1 percent of respondents identify as Republican.
The poll is among the most recent by Trafalgar to reveal a closer race in swing states than other pollsters, but it's not a huge exception to other polls. Cygnal, which is identified as a Republican firm, had previously surveyed the state at six points to Whitmer's advantage. But recent polls are much closer and a lot of similar issues that plague other Democrats have also harmed Whitmer's opportunities in Michigan.
Inflation, crime and general displeasure towards Democrats have swayed voters away from this particular Democratic Party. Furthermore, Detroit is one of the poorest cities in terms of controlling the violence and crime. Also, according to the data of the national report card released on Monday morning, it had some of the lowest scores in fourth and eighth grade literacy and mathematics.
The displeasure over Whitmer could be linked to the scores. Families across the state (and across the nation) are furious about closures of schools and the fact that politicians have kept their children from schools during the outbreak. It has inspired parents from across the nation as well as in Michigan to begin searching for candidates who are less likely to take advantage of their power to keep children out of schools again.