2 of 8 Michigan GOP gov candidates say Trump lost state’s 2020 election

Howell — Only two of eight Republican gubernatorial candidates on Thursday said definitively that they believe former President Donald Trump lost the state’s election in November 2020.

Grand Haven businessman Michael Markey and Michigan State Police Capt. Mike Brown of Stevensville said they did not believe Trump won Michigan during the 2020 election.

Brown noted he’s already on record saying as much, but his fellow candidates were “flopping around like fish on a dock.”

People clap before the debate, Thursday night, May 12, 2022.

Norton Shore conservative commentator Tudor Dixon, Pastor Ralph Rebandt and Mattawan chiropractor Garrett Soldano replied immediately in the affirmative, and Allendale real estate broker Ryan Kelley said Trump would be found the winner should the state investigate the 2020 election.

Bloomfield Township businessman Kevin Rinke said he wouldn’t answer with a yes or no and added after the debate that there was no “simple answer.” While Rinke said he believes there were rules broken during the election, he doesn’t know if there were “154,000 plus one” fraudulent votes.

Bloomfield Hills businessman Perry Johnson said there was “incredible fraud” but the state would need additional “data to find out.”

Candidate Perry Johnson during the debate, Thursday night, May 12, 2022.

Johnson’s response led to heckling as he shouted over the crowd: “Honestly, guys, how would you in a million years without the data know the exact vote count?”

Trump lost Michigan to Democratic President Joe Biden in November 2020 by about 154,000 votes. Post-election audits, bipartisan canvassing boards, court decisions and a Senate oversight investigation have dismissed claims that there was widespread fraud during the 2020 election.

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