Bill Balenger, a former state representative and Republican senator, said the primaries on Tuesday confirmed that Trump maintains tight control over Republican voters.
“Republican voters, especially in early elections, are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports Trump than not,” Balenger said. “It gives these guys a natural advantage that they didn’t have when they ran before. I think that probably meant victory.”
Balenger referred a recent poll of 539 Republican voters Mitchell Research and Communications, which found that 80 percent are more likely to support a Republican candidate who supports Trump.
Mekoski, whose campaign office is in Shelby and previously lost to the Auckland County Sheriff’s and State Senate campaigns, won the narrow race against Sylvia Grotto. The seat in the House of Representatives has been vacant since last fall, when Republican Doug Wozniak of Shelby won the state Senate election.
Mekoski was supported by Melissa Corona, a conspiracy theorist Testimony of the House of Representatives in December 2020 next to Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani was later parodied on Saturday Night Live.
Caron ran an online slander campaign against immigrant Grotto, calling her a “bride ordered by mail with absolutely no education” who “barely speaks English.”
Mekoski supporters have also criticized Grotto’s husband, Shelby town clerk Stanley Grotto, for portraying him as a “swamp” Republican because Michigan Republican Chairman Ron Weiser allegedly paid him party money to drop his application for secretary of state in 2018.
Mekoski will meet with Democrat James Diaz in the May general election.
Few expected that Regan of Grand Rapids defeated Stephen Gilbert, who was a Republican favorite and received support from several incumbent lawmakers.
On his Facebook page, Regan shared conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election, which he wants to deprive of certification, and this week called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “fake war, like a fake pandemic.”
Regan told Bridge that he did not trust the government, and if elected he would work to strip the governor of his extraordinary powers. Governor Gretchen Whitmer used such extraordinary powers to close restaurants, offices and barbershops for 70 days during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“There have never been emergencies, so there’s no reason for that,” Regan said. “We should not have mandates, there should be no outages, there should be no mass vaccinations. All of this would never have happened because it was no worse than the flu. ”
On his website, Regan says he wants to make English the official language of Michigan and stop using other languages in government forms, documents and newsletters.
Regan ran for the House of Representatives in 2014, 2018 and 2020 when he was doing national news because his the daughter urged voters to oppose him. He will face Democrat Carol Glanville in the May general election. The winner will replace Mark Heisenga, who won the state Senate election last fall.
“Sometimes weird things can happen if you insist and keep running,” Ballenger said. “You may be upset at the snap election, which was this one, because the turnout is undoubtedly low.”