BRIGHTON, Mich. – Last Friday, former President Donald Trump endorsed Tudor Dixon in this week’s Republican gubernatorial primary in Michigan.
And on Monday morning, her GOP rival Kevin Rinke downplayed the implications of that confirmation.
“If President Trump was so convinced that Tudor was great, why didn’t he endorse her months ago,” Rinke said in a brief interview with NBC News at a restaurant here — the first of Rinke’s own 18 campaign stops he will be making on Do the day before elementary school on Tuesday.
“He waited until Friday night, two days before the election, and it’s the wrong election. His advisors gave him bad information,” Rinke added of Trump’s endorsement.
Dixon, a conservative commentator, and Rinke, a businessman, are two of the frontrunners vying for the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this fall.
Other GOP candidates running are Ryan Kelley (who was arrested in June on a misdemeanor charge for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol) and small business owner Garrett Soldano.
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https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/meetthepressblog/gop-rival-dismisses-trumps-endorsement-michigan-race-governor-rcna40967 GOP rival dismisses Trump’s support in Michigan governor race