Michigan Republicans on Saturday backed a couple of Trump-backed candidates as dinner the former president’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen. Kristina Karamo was approved as Michigan’s Secretary of State, and Matthew DePerno is the party’s candidate for attorney general.
Both candidates now have a clear path to the official nomination at another party convention in August, where it would require a vote of 75% of delegates to overturn Saturday’s decisions.
“I will not let you down,” Karamo said Saturday at the Michigan GOP State Convention, according to the Associated Press. “I fight for the people of Michigan regardless of political affiliation.”
Nearly 2,500 state Republican activists attended Saturday, where the nominations are decided. In Michigan, voters do not decide whether candidates for the state Supreme Court, the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Board of Education and university board members will proceed to the general election. Instead, the nominations are decided by the parties at their rallies.
DePerno, who was a lawyer in a case that sought to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election, went against former Michigan House President Tom Leonard and State Representative Ryan Berman for his nomination.
Community College Professor Karamo went against State Representative Beau LaFave and Chesterfield Township Clerk Cindy Berry. Karamo was followed after the 2020 presidential election when she claimed to have witnessed fraudulent activity at a location in Detroit. Karamo appeared several cable news outlets in which she made unsubstantiated allegations of widespread fraud.
Trump, who has supported both DePerno and Karamo, congratulated them both on Saturday’s convention.
“They will move on to great victories for the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Foreign Affairs,” the former president said in a statement. “I want to back them up strongly.”
Adam Brewster and Fin Gómez contributed reporting.