Below, we compile quotes from campaigns’ ads, websites, social media posts, and statements reported in the media that illustrate endorsement or opposition to election denial — claims that the process or result of the last presidential election was illegitimate. Each of the candidates is running for an office that will play a role in administering future elections in Michigan. Information about the financing of these campaigns and those in other battleground states can be found here.
The gubernatorial campaign website of business owner Donna Brandenburg (R) says, “There are more anomalies to the 2020 election than any election in the history of the United States. . . . The overwhelming evidence of interference and fraud . . . is a disregard of your voice and your rights.” She calls for a “Full Forensic Audit” and claims there is evidence of, among other things, “Ballots cast by deceased voters,” “Ineligible ballots counted multiple times,” and “78% of mail-in ballots proven fraudulent.” A post on her campaign Facebook page says, “The overthrow of the 2020 election was the last straw for every American who voted.”
Business owner Ryan Kelley (R) has said that the election was “stolen” and called for lawmakers to “decertify” it. In remarks at a January 2022 meeting where he encouraged supporters to sign up to serve as poll workers, Kelley said, “if you see something you don’t like happening with the [voting] machines . . . unplug it from the wall.” His campaign website features a statement that characterizes the 2020 election in Michigan as “the most fraudulent election in American history” and calls on the legislature “to DECERTIFY the 2020 election results in the state of Michigan until a full forensic audit.”