Many Michigan Republicans Don't Seem Very Into Their Nominee For Governor

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WARREN, Mich. — Yes, they’ll vote for her in November, but many Republicans who attended Donald Trump’s rally in Michigan on Saturday weren’t gushing over their nominee for governor at a rally meant to boost the entire GOP ticket — especially the woman at the top.

Trump was in Michigan, one of the country’s most important swing states, to drum up excitement for GOP nominees Matt DePerno, Tudor Dixon and Kristina Karamo, all seeking statewide office against incumbent Democrats. But Dixon, the party’s nominee for governor, had the smallest contingent of visible allies, judging purely by the campaign apparel that people wore to the rally.

“I like her, but she’s not showing the passion that I want, where you get up there where you raise your voice and you see it in the eyes,” said Ann Clark, a 72-year-old wearing a red MAGA hat and a shirt with Karamo’s name on the front and DePerno’s in the back.

“I didn’t vote for her personally [in the primary], but I’m going to stand behind her. It just happened that she came up so fast, we weren’t so familiar with her,” said Lisa Olson-Marshke, a 57-year-old educator wearing a shirt endorsing Karamo, who is running to be the state’s top election official.

Both Karamo and DePerno, the GOP nominee for attorney general who is under investigation for alleged election tampering, are seen as the purer grassroots candidates compared to Dixon.