Now, Karamo will bring her election-denying viewpoint to a Michigan Republican Party that has increasingly lost touch with voters. Both Karamo and DePerno lost 2022 their races to be Secretary of State and Attorney General, respectively. Democrats control both houses of the Michigan legislature, and the state has a Democratic governor as well. And a majority of its representatives to Congress, including both the state’s senators, are Democrats as well. And Trump, who won the state narrowly in 2016, lost Michigan to Joe Biden in 2020. While Karamo’s rhetoric may make her popular within the Republican Party in the state, it remains to be seen whether she will be able to turn around the GOP poor election performance in recent years.
Karamo has made history as the first Black person to serve as chair of Michigan’s Republican Party. But for her and for Michigan Republicans in general, their election denying rhetoric, far-right beliefs and Trump affiliations have largely overshadowed any other parts of their message that could potentially appeal to voters. The election of Karamo makes it clear that Michigan’s Republican Party does not intent to become more moderate any time soon.