OAKLAND UNIVERSITY, Michigan — Governor Gretchen Whitmer and GOP challenger Tudor Dixon square off in the final debate ahead of the November 2022 election Monday night.

Whitmer and Dixon accepted an invitation from Michigan Scripps stations FOX 17, WXYZ and WSYM to participate in a debate at Oakland University in Rochester. The debate is broadcast statewide on television and radio.

Whitmer was first elected in 2018 after serving as a senator and state representative.

Dixon, who received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump ahead of August’s primary election, is a former steel industry executive, conservative media talk show host and horror movie actress.

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In their first head-to-head debate, the two candidates accused each other of being “too extreme” on issues including abortion, gun laws and the coronavirus pandemic.

The two are closer in the polls than they’ve ever been, with Dixon gaining ground in recent months.

The Democratic governor supports Proposition 2, saying it’s another step to secure, protect and expand access to the ballot.

She supports Proposition 3, the Abortion Referendum which, if passed, would enshrine the right to abortion in Michigan’s constitution.

She thinks the governor has a role to play in the battle against abortion and points to his lawsuit that struck down Michigan’s 1931 abortion ban when Roe v. Wade was canceled. She says while she would support the vote if it were shot down, she would still fight to ensure young women and girls have the same rights she has had.

Dixon opposes abortion under all circumstances except where the mother’s life is in danger. Her focus on education is primarily cultural, saying she wants to remove the “woke curriculum” from teachings about sex and theory in school. close.

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The debate is moderated by FOX 17’s Doug Reardon, WXYZ’s Chuck Stokes and WSYM’s Elle Meyers.

To be eligible for the debate, gubernatorial candidates had to vote 5% or higher when the invitations were issued. Whitmer and Dixon fulfilled these conditions.

Voters will head to the polls to vote in the November 8 general election.

You can watch the final debate at 7 p.m. on FOX 17. Starting at 7 p.m., we’ll be providing live updates that you can follow below.

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