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Michigan Republicans to hold nominating convention Saturday

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Eyes will likely be on the top of the Republican ticket during the party’s nominating convention Saturday, August 27. Convention delegates will have to pick between two people running for lieutenant governor.

One, Shane Hernandez, is gubernatorial nominee Tudor Dixon’s preferred choice while the other is former gubernatorial candidate Ralph Rebandt.

Kalamazoo County Republican Party chair Tony Lorentz says Dixon should be able to choose her own running mate.

"And I fully support the running mate that she has picked," Lorentz said. "I’ve done my homework on him, I’ve talked to him, and I’m convinced that he’ll be good for the party."

Rebandt says his bid for lieutenant governor comes from a desire to unite the Republican party. However, Michigan Republican Party spokesperson Gustavo Portela says the party’s so-called “establishment” and “grassroots” all want the same outcome.

“We want to elect a Republican governor; we want to elect Tudor Dixon to get our state back on track," Portela said. "And, at the end of the day, there isn’t much daylight between our party’s nominee and our party’s grassroots.”

Portela says Republicans are focusing on affordability and prosperity this year.

"It’s very clear that enthusiasm on the Republican side," Portela said. "And none on the Democratic side, as evidenced in their last two conventions. Republicans, on the other hand, are excited, they’re ready for change, and they want to bring back opportunity into this state."

Party supporters will hear from Dixon after the convention at an event featuring an appearance from Republican Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin.