Friday, May 8, 2015

WMP Projects Kathy Berden Will Win RNC Race

Kathleen Berden, left, with supporter Rep. Candice Miller

 By Brandon Hall
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 West Michigan Politics is projecting that Kathy Berden will come out on top at tomorrow's vote of the Michigan Republican Party's State Committee to decide who will replace Ronna Romney McDaniel as Michigan's female Representative to the RNC.

Though a MIRS poll a few weeks ago shows State Rep. Cindy Gamrat leading the campaign to replace Ronna Romney McDaniel as Michigan's RNC Committeewoman, a reliable source close to the situation tells WMP Kathleen Berden will prevail.

"Kathy has almost half the districts pretty much locked up," the source said. "She got in early, and she is in control of this race."

The MIRS poll showed Berden and Mary Whiteford trailing Gamrat, a first term State Rep, leading with over 40%.

Gamrat has said she believes being booted from the caucus has hurt her RNC campaign, taking away the time needed to put in the race. Some have also wondered whether divisions between Gamrat and Whiteford are bolstering Berden-who was already a strong candidate at the outset.

Gamrat and Whiteford battled it out in a fierce primary last year to determine who would replace popular State Rep. Bob Genetski.

 Best of luck to all candidates!

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

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