Dem returns Michigan seat after GOP candidate rape comments | Michigan News

By DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Democratic presidential candidate in Michigan won a special election for a heavily Republican seat against a GOP opponent who made controversial comments about rape, Russia’s war in Ukraine and others questions, reducing the majority of Republicans in the State House.

Carol Glanville beat Robert “RJ” Regan by 11 percentage points on Tuesday in a Kent County district that her Republican predecessor carried by 26 points in 2020.

Regan had been denounced by GOP leaders shortly after his upset victory in a four-way primary. In March, while advocating for the decertification of the 2020 presidential election during a livestream hosted by a conservative group, Regan responded to a panelist who said it was too late to do anything about it. attitude is similar to what he says to his three daughters: “Well, if rape is inevitable, you should just lay back and enjoy it. That’s not how we roll. It’s not like That’s why I won this election. We’re going straight to it.

Regan said he regretted using the analogy, but claimed it was taken out of context by members of his own party and journalists. He also called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “fake war just like the fake pandemic” and shared anti-Semitic posts on social media.

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With Glanville’s victory, the Democrats reduced the Republican advantage to 57-53.

Glanville, a Walker city commissioner, said voters “stand against Republican hate, conspiracy and extremism, and uphold our shared values ​​of decency, community and working together to solve problems. in western Michigan.

The House Republican Campaign Committee did not help Regan in the race, unlike its efforts in other special elections on Tuesday. The Michigan Freedom Network, an independent political action committee linked to the DeVos family, spent $3,500 to support Republican candidate Mike Milanowski.

Regan told a conservative radio host on Wednesday that his loss was a “big, big victory for…the RINO establishment who have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they would rather have a Democrat in power than ‘A Republican candidate from America first like me. … It’s just despicable what they’re doing.’

Michigan Republican Party spokesman Gustavo Portela responded that Regan was “probably the worst candidate I’ve ever seen”, tweeting that he failed to merge his own party because of his ” blunders”. He said the GOP would regain the seat, which changes under the redistricting, in November.

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