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Messy Michigan GOP Primary Poised to Get Even Bigger

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Another Out-Of-Touch Self-Funding Millionaire is Set to Enter the Crowded Primary 

As the crowded Michigan Republican primary for governor continues to run to the far right, the already messy field is set to get even bigger with reports that unknown, out-of-touch millionaire Perry Johnson is planning to announce his own campaign.

Johnson’s entrance into the race adds to a long list of out-of-touch Republicans in the wide-open field, including James Craig, self-funder Kevin Rinke, Garrett Soldano, and Tudor Dixon, who would all drag Michigan backward by undermining public education and banning abortion, among other harmful policies.

Detroit News columnist Nolan Finley noted that despite being hand-picked by GOP insiders to run, James Craig’s campaign  “hasn’t moved out of first gear. And that’s invited more challengers into the race.”

“Insiders tried to hand the GOP nomination to James Craig in gift wrapping, but all he did was open up an even more crowded and expensive primary,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “While these out-of-touch candidates attack each other and push extreme agendas, Gov. Whitmer continues to address the biggest challenges facing Michiganders. That includes Gov. Whitmer’s record of landing 4,000 new jobs with General Motors in Michigan, delivering $400 checks to drivers to save money on auto insurance, and bringing public education funding to historic levels – without raising taxes.”