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Benson: GOP can’t switch from primaries to choose state candidates

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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Monday that Michigan Republicans cannot switch to using closed-party caucuses instead of primaries to choose candidates for state office.

A faction of GOP leaders say closed caucuses would allow conservative stalwarts more control over nominees for governor, the Legislature and other state offices. Others say primaries are better for selecting candidates who can win November general elections. Regardless, Benson – a Democrat – says state law doesn’t offer leeway. Angela Benander is Benson’s communications director.

‘’Michigan election law specifies the method by which candidates for each office receive a party’s nomination and proceed to the general election. Any changes to that law would require action by the Michigan Legislature.”

The proposal was put up amid a fierce battle playing out over control of the Michigan GOP.