Conservative TV commentator Tudor Dixon to run for Michigan governor, challenging Whitmer

Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has faced criticism for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Real America's Voice host and conservative commentator Tudor Dixon announced Thursday she is running for governor of Michigan.

"I am excited to announce that I am running for governor to get Michigan back on track," Dixon tweeted. "We will restore our state and help Michiganders build their American Dream once again! Let’s do this Michigan!"

Dixon, who hosts "America's Voice Live," is entering what is expected to become a crowded GOP primary, considering the backlash Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has faced for her handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents say her strict and prolonged health-safety mandates throttled the state economy and that she and her husband the flaunted the rules she made.

Other bold name conservatives mentioned as potential candidates includ  former Republican Senate candidate John James and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel. 

"I am honored by the tremendous encouragement I've received to run," Dixon also said, in a statement obtained by Fox News. "It is time to reopen, rebuild, and restore Michigan.  But to do that, we have to turn the page on Governor Whitmer's record of failed leadership."

The Michigan primary elections take place in August 2022.