Aug 3, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Michigan GOP cancels election watch party after death threats

Donors wait for Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon to speak at her primary election night party at the Amway Grand Plaza on August 2.
Donors wait for Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon to speak at her primary election night party at the Amway Grand Plaza on Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The Michigan Republican Party announced Tuesday that it canceled a primary watch party in Lansing after a man entered the party's headquarters saying he was "planning on shooting up the building and burning it down."

Driving the news: The man also "verbally assaulted a longtime female staffer," said Michigan GOP spokesperson Gustavo Portela in a statement. He noted the attack followed a "week of death threats."

  • Lansing police spokesperson Jordan Gulkis told AP the man had left the building by the time officiers arrived, but they would "pay special attention" to the area in and around the headquarters.
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