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Republican governor candidate won't concede after fourth place finish

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Candidate Arrested Michigan

Ryan Kelley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks to conservative activists that are demanding another investigation into former President Donald Trump's loss during a rally on Feb. 8, 2022 outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Kelley, one of five Republican candidates for Michigan governor, was charged with a misdemeanor Thursday, June 9, 2022, for his role in the 2021 postelection riot at the U.S. Capitol. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Republican candidate for governor Ryan Kelley says he will not concede his loss in the gubernatorial election.

Kelley, a real estate broker, posted a statement to Facebook on Wednesday morning, saying the August primary results were "a predetermined outcome." He's calling for a hand recount.

Kelley placed fourth out of five Republican candidates on Tuesday's August primary ballot, earning 15% of the vote.

Former TV news host Tudor Dixon won the primary election for the GOP ticket with 41% of the vote and will face Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the November election.

Dixon was endorsed by former president Donald Trump.

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