Michigan 2024 Republican convention results: Trump sweeps caucus

Most of the state's GOP delegates were awarded through a caucus process.

ByABC NEWS
March 2, 2024, 5:00 PM

Former President Donald Trump has won nearly all of Michigan's delegates to be sent to the Republican National Convention, according to the Michigan Republican Party's district convention vote results.

Trump ran against former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, where the candidates vied for Michigan's 55 congressional district delegates through both a caucus and primary.

Thirty-nine of Michigan's 55 congressional district delegates were awarded based on Saturday's caucus.

PHOTO: Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally, March 2, 2024, in Greensboro, N.C.
Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally, March 2, 2024, in Greensboro, N.C.
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After about five hours of caucusing, Trump earned 1,575 votes, or 97.7% of the vote among precinct delegates, sweeping all 39 delegates, according to the Michigan Republican Party's district convention vote results.

Haley garnered just 36 votes total, about 2.23% of the share of state delegates, according to the party.

A candidate can take all three delegates from each district if they received the majority of votes in each, as Trump did on Saturday.

The caucus comes after Michigan Republicans held a presidential primary election on Tuesday that determined 16 of the party's delegates.

The delegates were allocated proportionally at Saturday's convention, with Trump receiving 12 and Haley winning four, according to Michigan GOP Chair Pete Hoekstra.

Trump beat Haley by double digits in Tuesday's primary.

"​​We are unified behind Donald Trump and that's a good place to be eight months before the general election," Hoekstra told ABC News near the end of Saturday's convention.

"It's very simple: Within the Republican Party in Michigan, this is Trump country," he added.

Saturday's gathering played out against the backdrop of the state Republican Party being enmeshed in a controversial leadership squabble that came to a head this week, when a county circuit court judge affirmed the removal of Kristina Karamo as the chairperson.

Hoekstra, who also served as ambassador to the Netherlands under Trump, has taken over the party and is recognized by the national party as the new state chair.

PHOTO: Voters fill out their ballot for the Michigan primary election in Dearborn, Mich., Feb. 27, 2024.
Voters fill out their ballot for the Michigan primary election in Dearborn, Mich., Feb. 27, 2024.
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Karamo had organized a concurring district convention in Detroit, which was canceled this week after Michigan courts confirmed that she was not at the helm of the party. The series of events caused some confusion among party members and triggered a few individual districts to hold their own conventions in other parts of the state. Those district votes will not count at the RNC convention, Hoekstra confirmed to ABC News on Saturday.

The party, while Karamo was lawfully chair, said it pursued a split delegate allocation process because the Democratic-led state Legislature, at the recommendation of President Joe Biden, passed a bill that moved the state's primary up in the calendar.

The new Feb. 27 primary date conflicted with RNC rules that bar state parties from holding a nominating contest prior to March 1, except for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, so Michigan was at risk of losing most of their delegates.

As a solution, and with the blessing of the national party, state Republicans devised a duel primary-convention system, which some have said could benefit Trump by limiting selection of the majority delegates to an especially involved group of caucus-goers who are expected to be friendly to the former president.