Michigan Republicans on Saturday endorsed a pair of Trump-backed candidates who supper the former president’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Kristina Karmo was elected Michigan secretary-general, while Matthew DePerno was the party’s choice for state attorney general.
Both candidates now have a clear path to the official nomination at a second party convention in August, where it would take a vote by 75% of the delegates to overturn Saturday’s decisions.
“I won’t let you down,” Karamo stated Saturday at the Michigan GOP State Convention according to the Associated Press . I am fighting for Michigan’s people, regardless of my political affiliation. “
Nearly 2,500 state Republican activists on Saturday attended the convention, where the nominations are decided. Michigan voters do not decide which candidates will be elected to state supreme courts, state attorney generals, secretary of state and board of education members. The nominations are made by the party at the convention.
DePerno, who was the lawyer on a case that attempted to challenge the 2020 presidential election results, went against former Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard and State Representative Ryan Berman for his nomination spot.
Community college Professor Karamo voted against Beau LaFave, State Representative and Chesterfield Township Clerk Cindy Berry. Karamo gained a following after the 2020 presidential election, when she claimed to have witnessed fraudulent activity at a location in Detroit. Karamo has made numerous cable news interviews in which she makes unfounded allegations about widespread fraud.
Trump, which has supported both DePerno & Karamo in the past, expressed his congratulations to them all following Saturday’s convention.
” They will continue to win big for Secretary of State and Attorney General,” said the ex-president in a statement. They have my full support. “
Adam Brewster and Fin Gomez contributed reporting.
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