Michigan Republicans win primary after repeating false claims of voter fraud
Bill Ballenger, a former Republican state representative and senator, said Tuesday’s primary confirmed that Trump has a firm grip on Republican voters.
“Republican voters, especially in special elections, would be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports Trump than not,” Ballenger said. “It gives these guys a natural advantage that they didn’t have when they ran before. I think that was probably the win.”
Ballenger referred a recent poll of 539 Republican voters by Mitchell Research and Communications, which found that 80 percent would be more likely to support a GOP candidate who supports Trump.
Mekoski, whose campaign office is in Shelby Township and had previously lost campaigns for the Oakland County Sheriff and the Senate, won a close race against Sylvia Grot. The House seat has been vacant since last fall, when Republican Representative Doug Wozniak of Shelby Township won the state Senate election.
Mekoski was supported by Melissa Carone, an election conspiracy theorist whose December 2020 testimony was later parodied on Saturday Night Live alongside Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani.
Carone ran an online smear campaign against Grot, an immigrant, calling her a “mail order bride with no education” who “barely speaks English”.
Mekoski supporters also berated Grot’s husband, Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot, portraying him as a “swamp” Republican because Michigan GOP Chairman Ron Weiser allegedly paid him with party funds to back his bid for Secretary of State in the United States year 2018 to drop.
Mekoski faces Democrat James Diaz in May’s general election.
In an excitement few saw coming, Grand Rapids’ Regan defeated Steven Gilbert, who was the GOP favorite and had the backing of several incumbent lawmakers.
On his Facebook page, Regan has shared conspiracy theories he wants to debunk about the 2020 presidential election, calling this week Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “fake war, just like the fake pandemic.”
Regan told Bridge he did not trust the government and would work to remove the governor’s emergency powers if elected. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used such emergency powers to close restaurants, offices and hair salons for 70 days during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There’s never been an emergency, so there’s no need for it,” Regan said. “We shouldn’t have had the mandates, we shouldn’t have had the shutdowns, we shouldn’t have had mass vaccinations. All those things would never have happened because this was nothing worse than the flu.”
On his website, Regan says he wants to make English Michigan’s official language and prevent other languages from being used on government forms, documents and ballots.
Regan ran for the House of Representatives in 2014, 2018 and 2020 when he made national headlines for his leadership Daughter urged voters to oppose him. He will face Democrat Carol Glanville in the general election in May. The winner replaces Mark Huizenga, who won the state senate election last fall.
“Sometimes strange things can happen if you just keep walking stubbornly,” Ballenger said. “They can cause a stir in a special election, which was this one, because voter turnout is undoubtedly low.”