GOP candidates for Michigan governor still question 2020 General Election results

The race to be Michigan’s next governor is heating up.

DETROIT – The race to be Michigan’s next governor is heating up.

On the Republican side, candidates are making new claims about the 2020 presidential election. In an update on Facebook, Ryan Kelley called to overturn the election.

Kelley, who has been seen in pictures and videos on the Capitol steps during the Jan. 6 insurrection, is the latest candidate for governor to insinuate or outright claim the 2020 election wasn’t secure, despite abundant evidence proving otherwise.

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In fact, all four front-runners have called the results of the election into question.

Grand Rapids chiropractor Garrett Soldano has claimed the 2020 election was stolen and has called for a so-called forensic audit of the election.

In an op-ed published Tuesday, former Detroit police chief James Craig -- who had avoided questions about false election claims -- also called for an audit.

In an interview with Local 4, Tudor Dixon dodged the question and claimed Michigan’s absentee ballots exposed voters to widespread fraud.

The is no evidence that absentee voting increased fraud. There has been more than 250 audits of Michigan’s election and all of them have confirmed the 2020 Election was secure.

Some candidates pointed to recent charges of election fraud brought by Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson against three women. Benson said the the charges are evidence the process for keeping elections safe is working because the three women were caught and the incident is not evidence there was widespread fraud.

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Grant comes to Local 4 from Oklahoma City. He joins the news team as co-anchor of Local 4 News Today weekend mornings and is a general assignment reporter.

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