Former President Donald Trump endorsed two political outsiders to serve as the state’s next chief election officer and top law enforcement official, and the Michigan GOP faithful backed them on Saturday. On Saturday, Michigan Republicans endorsed Kristina Karamo, a woman sponsored by former President Donald Trump, as their secretary of state candidate.
Karamo, who has thrown doubt on the 2020 election results on many occasions, is all but set to face incumbent Democrat Jocelyn Benson in the carefully watched battleground state this autumn.
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The secretary of state is Michigan’s chief elections official, and their office is responsible for administering and protecting elections.
This implies that the endorsement might have ramifications for the presidential election in 2024, as well as other elections in the future.
If Karamo defeats Benson in the general election, she will have the power to tip the scales in a close contest, much as Trump requested Georgia’s secretary of state to do in 2020.
State Republicans also endorsed Matthew DePerno for Attorney General, another Trump-backed contender who supports his bogus election claims.
The Michigan Republican Party staged an endorsement convention in Grand Rapids on Saturday in order to get early support for its candidates. During the event, more than 2,000 GOP delegates voted for nominees in all statewide positions except governor and U.S. Senate, and their choices will be formally announced as nominees during the GOP’s official nominating convention in August.
It was a crucial test of Trump’s endorsement strength, and Karamo’s victory shows the former president’s hold on the state Republican Party.