LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 12: Michigan Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo speaks at the Michigan State Capitol on October 12, 2021 in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
UPDATED 2:08 PM PT – Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Kristina Karamo is an unlikely candidate for statewide office. However, she has received 45th President Trump’s latest endorsement for Michigan’s secretary of state.
A deeply conservative and Christian adjunct professor at a small Christian college, she has never held public office before. Although, Karamo felt she had to do something to fix Michigan’s election systems, calling the 2020 presidential election in her state stolen for Joe Biden.
After the election issues and perceived weakness by Republicans to push back against it, she decided it was time to throw her hat in the ring to be Michigan’s next secretary of state. Karamo believes that millions of Michiganders stay home every election because they don’t feel their vote counts. She added communities feel the media lies about votes when they bring up legitimate security concerns.
“And I, as a poll challenger, and many others came forward to warn the public about the multiple statute violations we saw in the last election,” said Karamo. “And what happened? The media turned around and called us liars. We have seen, multiple times, our media protecting corrupt government officials, and you wonder why things don’t change in our state.”
Her public profile became nationwide when she testified in front of the Michigan Senate as a Republican poll challenger. Karamo claimed while vote counting was going on in Detroit, she witnessed Democrat counters and administrators violating state law.
According to her, a vote came in with both presidential candidates filled out on the ballot, but administrators counted it for Biden instead of throwing the vote out.
“The poll worker then said, ‘I think I’m gonna give it to the Democrats’. That’s absolutely absurd,” Karamo stressed. “That is illegal. The vote should have been tossed out. At that moment, I said absolutely not, I’m gonna challenge this. So, I go get her supervisor. And then her supervisor defers to her and says ‘well what do you think’? And I’m like, what do you think? It doesn’t matter what you think. It’s the law.”
This pushback against alleged election fraud has given Karamo a boost in recognition for her to run against incumbent Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. For her push, she has received the most coveted endorsement in all of Republican politics, which is that of 45th President Trump.
Trump called her tough on crime, including the crime of election fraud. This endorsement has also attracted the attention of Democrat friendly media. CNN recently remembered she existed, all to imply she’s just another far-right conspiracy theorist.
The single mom of two has recognized that being a firebrand isn’t necessarily the best way to win a statewide election, especially one who is on record calling public schools indoctrination centers. She also understands that she has to win over people who may not buy into every point she believes personally.
“One of the things that I’ve tried to be very cognizant of, you know, I’m running a statewide race. And I understand I have to win the hearts and minds of people who may not necessarily think like me,” Karamo stated.
Karamo faces two other Republicans for the nomination, which takes place via convention instead of a primary. If she is able to go on to win the nomination and general election against Benson, she would become Michigan’s first ever Black woman to be elected statewide.