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Tudor Dixon, Michigan GOP Hopeful, wouldn’t say if she still thinks Trump won in 2020


Two days after receiving the endorsement of former President Donald J. Trump in the Michigan gubernatorial race, Tudor Dixon did not say whether she still believes Mr. Trump won the 2020 election.

Ms Dixon, a media personality who has gained momentum in the chaotic Republican primaries race, was unequivocal in her belief in refuted claims of Mr Trump’s victory as recently as May, but evaded the question during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday.

She avoided saying who won the race and instead criticized Michigan’s top election official, Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who is secretary of state, for her oversight of the election.

“Yes or no, do you think Donald Trump legitimately won the 2020 election in Michigan?” one of the debate moderators asked Ms. Dixon. Her answer was succinct: “Yes,” she said.

Ms. Dixon’s opponents in the five-party Republican primary were quick to accuse her of an about-face. “This is a land speed record for betraying President Trump, even by the standards of establishment politicians,” hopeful Kevin Rinke wrote on Twitter.

Ms Dixon’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday on whether she had changed her position. But James Blair, a chief campaign strategist, told the Detroit Free Press that Ms Dixon’s criticism was “sour grapes”. and said it would “not change her commitment to election integrity or the support she has gained from President Trump.”

Ms Dixon has gone from full-throated fraud allegations to more subtle positions before. In a response to Mr Trump on Twitter five days after the 2020 election, she said, according to The Free Press, “Steal an election then hide behind calls for unity and leftists lap it up.” But at other times since joining the race, she has only suggested that election procedures created an opportunity for fraud.

“We need to make sure our elections are secure and what happened in 2020 doesn’t happen again,” Ms Dixon said on Fox News. “It was obviously a different election. We had Covid going. There was the possibility of making changes. This Secretary of State made these changes, sending mail-in ballot requests to everyone in the state, bringing in Zuckerbucks, reducing the signature match.

State officials noted that all Michigan jurisdictions, whether in Democratic or Republican-leaning areas, could have requested the private election funds — a process that did not involve the State Department.

Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for the Michigan State Department, the agency run by Ms Benson, said Ms Dixon was spreading lies about the election, including claims that voter ID requirements had been relaxed.

“Election deniers and conspiracy theorists have made it clear that they are not interested in facts and truth, but keep repeating the same debunked talking points over and over again,” Ms Wimmer said. .

She added that the courts and “hundreds of bipartisan audits” had upheld the integrity of the 2020 elections.

Ms Dixon has risen to prominence with the endorsement of Mr Trump and the support of the powerful DeVos family, including Betsy DeVos, a former education secretary to Mr Trump who broke up with him after the attack of the Capitol on January 6.

Mr. Trump is due to speak at a telephone town hall for Ms. Dixon Monday evening.



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