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In Tuesday's presidential primary, Michigan Republican voters choosing between Donald Trump, Nikki Haley and... Ryan Binkley?

Ryan Binkley, 2024 Republican presidential candidate
Ryan Binkley GE
Ryan Binkley, 2024 Republican presidential candidate

Tuesday is Michigan’s presidential primary.

The state has been on the agenda for leading Republican candidates.

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will campaign in Troy Sunday evening and in Grand Rapids Monday. Former president Donald Trump rallied his supporters last weekend in Oakland County.

They have outlasted other hopefuls for the GOP presidential nomination, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

But Trump and Haley are not alone. There is another candidate on the Republican Primary ballot.

Texas pastor and businessman Ryan Binkley says he’s still in the race to press other candidates, Democratic and Republican, to talk about reducing the national debt and balancing the federal budget.

“We’re probably looking at a similar pathway of debt in our nation, because both of them are big spenders,” said Binkley, “At the end of the day, Republicans spend just as much money as Democrats do. We just choose different things to spend it on.”

Binkley sees eliminating federal spending on health care as key to reducing the federal budget and national debt.

UPDATE 2:15pm 2/27/24

Binkley officially suspended his campaign on Tuesday, as voters cast ballots in Michigan's presidential primary.

“Today, I am suspending my campaign for the Presidency of the United States of America and offering my endorsement and unwavering support for President Trump. I would like to thank my family, friends, campaign team, 80,000 plus financial supporters, and the hundreds of volunteers who helped share my vision. Without your efforts, prayers, love, and generosity, none of this would have been possible,” Binkley said.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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