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GOP Rings In New Year With Recruitment Fail As “Dream Candidate” Candice Miller Announces She Will Not Run for Michigan Governor in 2022

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The Michigan GOP is ringing in the new year with a huge recruitment fail – “dream candidate” Candice Miller announced today she will not run for governor in 2022. A longtime GOP strategist called Miller’s decision “a big disappointment for party leadership” – the RGA must be devastated.

This loss doesn’t bode well for the RGA’s chances in 2022 – Miller’s announcement means the race will likely be wide open, with Republicans scrambling to recruit viable candidates and facing a very expensive, competitive primary.

Other names floated include RNC Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who has openly supported Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of a democratic election, and former U.S. Senate candidate John James, who was already rejected twice by Michiganders and notably said he supports Donald Trump “2,000 percent.” Republicans’ choices look bleak, and it’s clear whoever runs, the primary will be a race to the right to win over Trump’s radical base.

Regardless of who Republicans nominate, Michiganders already know they’ve got a good thing going. A December poll from the Detroit Regional Chamber showed the majority of Michiganders support Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of the pandemic, reflecting her strong leadership and clear communication during the COVID-19 crisis.

“Michigan Republicans have already failed on one of their new year’s resolutions – to recruit a unifying candidate,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Christina Amestoy. “With Candice Miller out of the running, the GOP is left with a bleak crop of candidates for governor and can look forward to a long and costly primary in 2022.”