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Michigan hits the pause button as Republicans pick Donald Trump as their nominee

Jul 19, 2016

Michigan played a curious role in last night’s confirmation of Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee.

People were scratching their heads after Michigan state Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said this when the roll call of the states reached Michigan:

“Madame Secretary, Michigan passes,”  Romney-McDaniel announced, drawing confused looks by some in the delegation. 

Romney-McDaniel says she was asked, five minutes before Michigan was scheduled to announce how the state’s 59 delegates would vote, to pass.

Michigan passing would, and did, give Donald Trump’s home state of New York the honor of putting the billionaire businessman over the top for the nomination.

Michigan’s delegation did, near the end of the roll call, get its moment.

Romney-McDaniel talked about Michigan being the “birthplace” of the Republican Party, before announcing 51 of the delegation’s 59 votes would go to Trump.