In what can only be described as a historic election, MI GOP delegates wiped out decades of establishment rule yesterday at the GOP State Convention with their votes to elect Trump-endorsed election integrity candidates Kristina Karamo for Secretary of State and Constitutional Attorney Matt DePerno for Attorney General as their choice to run in the 2022 general election.
Over 2,000 GOP delegates and alternates gathered together today in Grand Rapids, MI, to cast critical votes for the next Republican Secretary of State and Attorney General candidates for the upcoming general election in November 2022. Both races were highly contentious, with two Trump-endorsed, grassroots election integrity candidates, Kristina Karamo for SOS and Constitutional Attorney Matt DePerno. Karamo and DePerno, two grassroots candidates with no political experience and limited campaign funds, ran against career politicians like Tom Leonard, who was showered with money and endorsements from establishment Republicans and anti-America First PAC money.
Not surprisingly, populist candidate Kristina Karamo walked away with 1344 votes and emerged victorious in her bid to become the next GOP candidate for SOS in Michigan. Her next closest competitor, a sitting MI State Representative Beau LeFave, got 390 votes, and Cindy Berry, a Macomb Co. city clerk, got 267 votes.
Constitutional Attorney Matt DePerno ran against the popular former Speaker of the House Tom Leonard and MI State Representative Ryan Berman. In the first round of voting, DePerno came in just under the 50% threshold needed to win the election on the first ballot. He was forced into a runoff with second-place Leonard after Berman conceded and threw his support behind Leonard. Even with Berman’s delegates getting behind Leonard, he still lost to Trump-endorsed Matt DePerno, who walked away victorious with just under 54% of the vote in the runoff election.