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Trump secured victory in Michigan’s GOP convention, claiming all available delegates amidst an internal leadership dispute

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Donald Trump, the ex-President, got all 39 delegates in Michigan on Saturday. The Michigan Republican Party had some issues, like where to hold the convention and who should lead. Pete Hoekstra, a former Ambassador and Congressman, chaired the event in Grand Rapids after sorting out these problems.

There was tension all day, and the convention results email included a post from Trump’s Truth Social account. Trump endorsed Hoekstra as the party chair, praising his past achievements. Hoekstra became the chair in January, replacing Kristina Karamo, who didn’t accept the election results and lost the 2022 secretary of state bid. A Michigan judge rejected Karamo’s attempt to regain power.

Karamo planned a convention in Detroit, but Hoekstra announced one in Grand Rapids. Some delegates were confused, and Karamo’s supporters in two congressional districts held their gatherings.

The internal conflict hurt the state GOP, and emotions were high. Delegates hoped to unite for the 2024 election, but the deep division needed time to heal. Trump’s strong support seemed to be a unifying factor.

Despite the unity around Trump, there were clear divisions among Republicans. Flyers at the convention showed support for Karamo and criticized Hoekstra. Some vowed to challenge Hoekstra’s authority.

The divisions persisted despite Trump’s endorsement. Hoekstra listed his backing, including support from the state committee, RNC, Trump, congressional delegation, and state leaders. Some delegates acknowledged the disarray in the GOP leadership but emphasized unanimous support for Trump.

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