Donald Trump has left his mark on Michigan.
The New York Times reports:
Mr. Trump’s election lies spread like wildfire in Michigan, breaking the state party into ardent believers and pragmatists wanting to move on. Bitter disputes, power struggles and contentious primaries followed, leaving the Michigan Republican Party a husk of itself.
The battleground has steadily grown safer for Democrats. No Republican has won a statewide election there since Mr. Trump won the state in 2016. (Republicans have won nonpartisan seats on the State Supreme Court.) G.O.P. officials in the state are growing concerned that they do not have a top-tier candidate to run for the open Senate seat.
Some traditional wealthy Republican donors have stopped giving to the state party, which is headed by Krisitina Karamo, a Trump-backed candidate who lost last year in her bid to become Secretary of State.
The Times writes:
The party has lost money since Ms. Karamo took over, with under $150,000 in the bank as of June 30, according to federal campaign finance records. At the same time four years ago, the party had roughly three times as much cash on hand.
The infighting and choice of candidates in the recent election have left the state party starving for cash, the Times reports.