Michigan GOP endorses Trump-backed election denier in secretary of state race

Michigan GOP endorses Trump-backed election denier in secretary of state race

Michigan Republicans on Saturday endorsed Kristina Karamo, a contender backed by former President Donald Trump, to be their party’s candidate for secretary of state.

Karamo, who has repeatedly cast doubt on the 2020 election results, is now all but certain to go up against the incumbent, Democrat Jocelyn Benson, in the closely watched swing state this fall.

In Michigan, the secretary of state is the top elections official, and their office works to administer and protect elections, meaning the endorsement could bear consequences on how the 2024 presidential election will be run, as well as other races in future years.

If Karamo wins the general election against Benson, she would have the ability to tip the scale in a tight race, the way Trump had asked Georgia’s secretary of state to do in 2020.

State Republicans also endorsed Matthew DePerno, another Trump-backed candidate who supports his baseless election claims, for attorney general.

Trump congratulated Karamo and DePerno in a statement Saturday, saying “Michigan is one of the worst on Election Fraud and corruption, and they will put an end to it.”

Michigan Republicans held the endorsement convention Saturday in Grand Rapids in an effort to draw early support for their candidates. More than 2,000 party delegates voted for nominees in all statewide races except governor and U.S. Senate during the event, and their selections will be formalized as nominees during the GOP’s official nominating convention in August.

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