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‘Well that was crazy’: Michigan GOP divided over election falsehoods

Long-simmering divisions within the Michigan Republican Party have spilled into public view in recent days. The immediate trigger for the escalating feud came last weekend, when the party nominated a pair of leading proponents of Trump’s stolen-election theories. The selection at the state convention of Matthew DePerno for attorney general and Kristina Karamo for secretary of state proved to be a breaking point for some in the party establishment. Within days, a member of a powerful party committee resigned, a normally unanimous vote to certify convention results yielded dozens of defections. The schism between those who continue to aggressively focus on claims of election fraud and those seeking to move the party on to other issues has come to light in other states, notably in Georgia, where it has dominated the GOP

Michigan Democrats have already begun framing the 2022 race as a showdown over democracy. DePerno and Karamo are key to Trump's plans for the next presidential election, when Michigan is expected to again be pivotal. The presence of the pair on the ballot is likely to give added ammunition for their claims that Republicans are intent on skewing the electoral system. The outcome was troubling to some because of the signal they said it sent about the party’s predilection for disrupters at all cost over those with experience. The Republican state committee met to certify the results, with 63 committee members voting in favor and 24 against. The repercussions continued on Tuesday, when Republican leadership in the state's House of Representatives removed Rep. Matt Maddock — whom Trump had backed for speaker

Daunt said he did not attend Saturday’s convention, in part because he knew what the atmosphere would be. “I just couldn’t take the negative energy,” he said. Daunt