$20.7 million raised in the race for Michigan governor

The general election for Governor of Michigan will take place on Nov. 7, 2022. In total, candidates running for Michigan governor have raised $20.7 million, and spent $12.4 million between Jan. 1, 2021, and Apr. 20, 2022. The Democratic and Republican primaries are on Aug. 1, 2022.

Here’s the breakdown for the seven candidates who are in the running:

Active Gubernatorial Candidates’ Campaign Finance, 1/1/2021- 4/20/2022

CandidatePartyContributionsExpendituresElection Stage
Gretchen Whitmer (Incumbent)Democratic$14,281,060.98$8,625,119.83Primary
Tudor DixonRepublican$505,766.32$408,932.00Primary
Ryan KelleyRepublican$98,257.31$67,179.55Primary
Ralph RebandtRepublican$234,056.00$235,640.93Primary
Kevin RinkeRepublican$2,004,938.02$537,177.93Primary
Garrett SoldanoRepublican$1,370,097.82$1,139,452.04Primary
Kevin HoganGreen$0.00$0.00General

The remaining $2.2 million raised in the race for Michigan governor went to candidates who have withdrawn or have been disqualified.

Total fundraising in nine gubernatorial races in the 2022 election cycle

A number of factors, including whether an incumbent officeholder is running for re-election and number of candidates in a race, can influence donor activity. Here is how total fundraising by all candidates for Michigan governor compares to the eight other gubernatorial races with campaign finance data available from Transparency USA for the 2022 election cycle:

RankStateTotal DonationsTotal CandidatesActive CandidatesElection StageAvailable Reporting Period
1Florida$106,753,1151210Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/31/2022
2Texas$72,717,055245General Election1/1/2021 – 5/14/2022
3Pennsylvania$55,727,674205General Election1/1/2021 – 6/16/2022
4Arizona$24,376,8841512Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/31/2022
5Ohio$22,113,46895General Election1/1/2021 – 6/3/2022
6Michigan$20,716,429167Primary Election1/1/2021 – 4/20/2022
7California$13,997,678322General Election1/1/2021 – 5/21/2022
8Wisconsin$13,933,407109Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/13/2022
9Minnesota$8,263,0721411Primary Election1/1/2021 – 3/30/2022

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Michigan candidate PACs submitted to the Michigan Secretary of State. Transparency USA publishes campaign finance data following major reporting deadlines. State or federal law may require filers to submit additional reports.

Report NameReport Due Date
2022 Annual/January1/31/2022
2022 April (PACs)4/25/2022
2022 July (PACs)7/25/2022
2022 Post-Primary9/1/2022
2022 Pre-General10/28/2023

This article is a joint publication from Ballotpedia and Transparency USA, who are working together to provide campaign finance information for state-level elections. Learn more about our work here.