Guys, five of the ten GOP candidates for Michigan governor (and by my calculations, that means, uh, about half of the candidates) may be eliminated from the primary ballot after the state’s Bureau of Elections found that their campaigns filed thousands of forged signatures.
Thirty-six petition circulators — campaign workers hired to collect signatures — “submitted fraudulent petition sheets consisting entirely of invalid signatures,” according to the Bureau. In all, according to the Bureau’s report Monday, these circulators submitted at least 68,000 invalid signatures across nominating petitions for 10 candidates.
MPS World HQ’s staff mathematician says that subtracting the fake signatures, five candidates fall short of the 15,000 valid signatures necessary to qualify for the primary ballot. Oopsie!
So who benefits from this colossal eff -up? Tudor Dixon, who says that Donald Trump won Michigan in the 2020 Goat Rodeo. In a weird coinkydink, Tudor got the much-coveted endorsement of Betsy DeVos’ family on Monday. Weird how that happened, innit?