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Michigan GOP Primary Descends Further Into Chaos As FBI Arrests Ryan Kelley

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The FBI arrested Republican gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley during a raid of his home today — the latest chaos in a Michigan GOP field that’s been defined by fraud and radical positions across the board.

After two top candidates — James Craig and Perry Johnson — were kicked off the ballot for submitting invalid signatures, the remaining candidates — Kevin Rinke, Tudor Dixon, Garrett Soldano, and Ralph Rebrandt —  are all on the same side when it comes to promoting dangerous conspiracy theories and policies that undermine American democracy.

Rinke recently ran a false ad claiming dead people were voting, Dixon has made baseless claims about the 2020 election, and Soldano held a rally to push for a sham, partisan audit — and has even said he was interviewed by the FBI.

In reaction to Kelley’s arrest, Detroit Metro Times Steve Neavling said: “It has been a really bad month for Republican candidates for governor in Michigan.”

9&10 News Eric Lloyd added: “Two weeks ago there were ten GOP candidates for governor. Since then, five have been kicked off the ballot and another has been arrested. We may not need a primary. The Michigan election cycle is like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory.”

“Insurrectionist Ryan Kelley getting arrested is just another day in this chaotic GOP primary that’s been defined by mass fraud and all of the candidates agreeing on radical positions that undermine our democracy,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “No matter which of these extremists survives the GOP primary, none of them can be trusted to protect free and fair elections.” 

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