(Part-2) Michigan Republicans vote to dismiss election denier chair Karamo, who vows to reject results.

Call it what it is. It's all white," Doetzel remarked of Saturday's voters. We must be clear. They don't want a Christian Black woman in authority." About 12 Karamo supporters met Saturday afternoon outside Commerce Township's modest indoor gun-range building for the gathering.

State GOP Policy Committee member Barry Doherty of Brandon Township said security wouldn't let him inside the meeting. Before the vote, Doherty stressed the meeting was not an official state Republican Party meeting and any acts would not be official.

“We’re here to let people know — other state committee members know — that next week is the official business meeting and they can bring their grievances,” Doherty added.

Doherty claimed others support Karamo's election integrity and other positions. "I'm worried that insiders don't see that and the good progress," he remarked.

Doherty said Saturday's gathering includes "state committee members and guests." “Other state committee members are not pleased with Kristina,” he said. In February, grassroots activists chose Karamo and her co-chair, Malinda Pego, to lead the state party till 2024. Pego signed a petition to vote for Karamo's removal less than a year later.

Eight of the state party's 13 congressional district chairs asked Karamo to leave last week, claiming financial difficulty from insufficient fundraising and urging him to “put an end to the chaos in our party” by resigning.

In a recent Michigan GOP podcast, Karamo called the meeting “illegal” and refused to resign if expelled. Unknown if enough party members attended the Saturday afternoon gathering to make it official.

The Associated Press repeatedly contacted Karamo but received no response. By early December, party members had 39 state committee members sign a petition calling for a special meeting to remove Karamo.

To remove Karamo, opponents must get at least half of the state party's almost 100 committee members to sign on Saturday. After that, 75% of state committee members would have to approve, but a Saturday revision lowered the threshold to 60%, which Moeggenberg argued wasn't necessary.

To influence the 2024 election, the state party must make major progress fast. Karamo said that the party owes approximately $500,000 in October, including $110,000 to Jim Caviezel for a speaking engagement. Karamo and the party are suing their headquarters trust to sell it to pay off debts.

The tumult occurs less than two months before the state party's March 2 convention to divide 39 of 55 Republican presidential delegates. The Feb. 27 Republican primary will determine the other 16 delegates.

In November, Republicans hope to win a Senate seat in the state for the first time since 1994. The party also wants to reverse a small Michigan House majority after Democrats took control of the state House and Senate in 2022 and retained the governorship for the first time in 40 years.

Watch this space for further developments.