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Craig, Johnson Strike Out in Court As Signature Forging Scandal Still Keeps Them Off Ballot

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The trainwreck Republican signature forging scandal continues to hand James Craig and Perry Johnson huge losses this week, with courts confirming the initial ruling that neither can appear on the ballot.

The court rulings come ahead of a GOP debate on Mackinac Island this evening, where all eyes in Michigan politics will be on the small field of extremists who are expected to participate, which Deadline Detroit has called “the B-Team.”

In particular, the little-known GOP candidates who will be on stage — Tudor Dixon, Garrett Soldano, Kevin Rinke, and Ralph Rebandt — all support dangerous abortion bans and promote conspiracies that undermine our elections, among other radical and out-of-touch positions.

Pollster Ed Sarpolus said: “The Republicans are so upset at the loss of their top-tier candidates, they’re still punishing the party … They’re still unwilling to commit to this group.”

“The Michigan GOP primary for governor is a complete mess with no frontrunner, no well-known candidates, and no sense of direction,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “There’s no amount of fudge and nice views on Mackinac Island that can make up for the chaos facing Michigan Republicans this week.”