Local Republicans gear up for Michigan primary

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – The GOP presidential race is down to four, and while the field is still split, local Republicans are standing together

“Well this is a great event combining Ingham and Clinton County Republicans gathering together, getting ready for the 2016 election,” U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland said,.

Fresh off the announcement of his re-election bid, Michigan U.S. Congressman John Moolenaar joined Congressman Mike Bishop as featured speakers at the Lincoln Day Brunch.

“You hear some great speeches,” Moolenaar said. “We’ve got a number of people who are running for office or currently serving as leaders in our party.”

Top state politicians, including Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley and Attorney General Bill Schutte gathered with other local leaders working on national campaigns.

“It’s just a great opportunity for people to get together, share ideas, and spend time with like-minded people,” Captial Area Chairman for the Ted Cruz campaign Sean Bertolino said.

But it isn’t just about elected officials. Norm Shinkle, a past Ingham County Republican Chairman says it’s important for everybody to participate from the ground level up.

“It’s a great time to be active in politics. As you see from the Republican presidential race a lot of new people are being involved,” Shinkle said.

And no matter who the nominee is come the convention, party leaders say make no mistake, they are united.

“We’re going to come together as a party in November, try to beat whatever the Democrats throw at us,” Bertolino said.

“I will support any of them enthusiastically over whatever Democrat candidate gets nominated,” Shinkle said.

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