- Associated Press - Saturday, February 23, 2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Former state Rep. Laura Cox of Livonia will lead the Michigan Republican Party while it seeks to re-elect President Donald Trump in 2020.

Cox, who has been endorsed by Trump’s campaign manager and top Michigan Republicans, also is a former Wayne County commissioner and customs agent.

After about an hour of voting Saturday, Cox’s opponent, Republican field organizer Gina Barr of Pontiac, called for a unanimous ballot in favor of Cox as state chairwoman.

Current chairman Ron Weiser did not seek re-election for another two-year term. The Detroit News reports he announced to the convention that he is battling prostate cancer.

Republicans lost top state races in 2018 and are focused on re-electing President Donald Trump in 2020, defeating first-term Democratic Sen. Gary Peters and keeping control of the Michigan House.

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