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Republicans call for unity at convention – get a mixed bag

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Michael Dorausch
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Not as many people vote in gubernatorial election years compared to Presidential election years.

The Michigan Republican party has it’s ticket finalized for the November election.

While multiple people called for unity…there is still some discontent within the party.

The theme was “Results Not Resistance.” The Michigan GOP has been somewhat fractured since the primary.

Governor Rick Snyder has yet to endorse gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette. That’s after a contentious primary battle between Schuette and Snyder’s Lieutenant Governor.

Snyder didn’t attend the convention – but Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley did attend. He called on the supporters of the losing candidates to support the G-O-P ticket.

“So as lovingly as I can, I just want to say this. I’m really going to need you to suck it up. Please,” Calley said.

Multiple people also booed and jeered Supreme Court nominee Elizabeth Clement for some decisions she’s made on recent cases, including siding with a majority to allow a redistricting proposal to go to the ballot.

Cass County Prosecutor Curtis Fitz nominated Clement.

“Over the past twenty years…folks…let’s listen about her record,” Fitz said over boos from the crowd.

Republicans chose current Speaker of the House Tom Leonard for Attorney General and Mary Treder Lang for Secretary of State.

Ron Weiser is the chair of the Michigan Republican Party. He says voters have a Republican ticket to be excited about.

“I think we have very good candidates, "Weiser said. "I think they’re experienced and I think working together as a group they will provide a great deal of opportunity for people to come to the Republican side of the ballot.”


Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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