Republican who finished 4th in Mich. gubernatorial primary wants recount

FILE - Ryan Kelley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks to conservative activists...
FILE - Ryan Kelley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks to conservative activists demanding another investigation into former President Donald Trump's loss during a rally on Feb. 8, 2022, outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich.(Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 10:46 AM CDT
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SAGINAW, Mich. (WMTV) - The Michigan Republican candidate who finished second to last in Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary wants a recount.

Ryan Kelley, who has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, posted onto Facebook early Wednesday morning that he would not concede the race, WNEM reported.

“Looks like the “testing” was not testing after all, and it was a release of their preferred and predetermined outcome,” he wrote. Kelley’s post pushed for a hand recount for the sake of election integrity.

Tudor Dixon, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the GOP nod, picking up approximately 40% of the vote, preliminary results show. Kelley, meanwhile, came in fourth in the five-person race. The winner of the Republican primary will face incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in November.

Kelley is one of hundreds of people who were arrested and charged for their involvement in the January 6th Capitol riot. He is facing four federal misdemeanor charges and he pleaded not guilty.

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