Candidates who supported overturning Trump’s defeat are rejected

Republicans made a surprising decision earlier this year to nominate candidates for top statewide jobs in swing states that backed President Donald Trump’s 2020 defeat overturn. Most of those candidates lost in the midterm elections. .

Doug Mastriano, who commissioned buses to take Pennsylvanians to the January 6, 2021 protests in Washington, failed in his bid to become governor of that state. Kristina Karamo, a community college instructor who spread misinformation about voting on Twitter even on Election Day, was squashed by Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state.

Mathew DePerno, an attorney who sued for disseminating Trump’s election lies in Michigan in 2020, he lost his bid to be attorney general of that state. Audrey Trujillo, a political novice who applauded Trump’s challenge to the vote in 2020, was defeated for New Mexico’s secretary of state.

Two of those races remained too close to announce Wednesday: Arizona and Nevada. And in more conservative states, from Indiana to Kansas, electoral conspiracy theorists still held key positions.

Many observers argued that the 2022 midterm elections have shown that endangering democracy is not political success.

“It turns out that trying to nullify an election is not very popular with the American people,” said Whit Ayres, a veteran Republican pollster.

That even extends to Arizona Ayres added, where a prominent former TV news anchor turned election conspiracy theorist, Kari Lake, remains in a right-wing race for governor against Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, whose campaign has been widely criticized.

“The fact that he is close to a very polished and very good Republican candidate and a very weak and unpolished Democratic candidate tells you how much weight election denial has on a Republican candidate,” Ayres said.

The lies Y conspiracy theories on the elections were buried deep in the Republican field of 2022, with almost a third of the 85 party candidates for governor, secretary of state, and attorney general who embraced Trump’s efforts to overturn his 2020 defeat.

About half of them won, almost all of them incumbents, except for candidates like Kris Kobach, a member of Trump’s voter fraud commission in 2016 who won the race for attorney general in Kansas, and Chuck Gray, a state Rep. of Wyoming who ran unopposed for secretary of state in that heavily Republican state.

More significant are the results in the six states that secured Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 and where Trump and his allies contested his defeat.

In most of those states, as in most of the country, the Secretary of state is the main election official, while the governor and attorney general often play key roles in voting rules and certifying election results.

In Georgia, Trump unsuccessfully endorsed a slate of electoral conspiracy theorists in the May Republican primary, seeking revenge against incumbent Republicans. who rejected their applications to reverse his defeat.

On Tuesday, Trump lost bids to station supporters in three more of those battleground states. In Pennsylvania Mastriano would have had the power to appoint a secretary of state to oversee the vote, but was defeated in the gubernatorial race by Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro. In Wisconsin Trump’s pick for Governor Tim Michels lost to Democratic Governor Tony Evers, dooming Republican dreams of dissolve or significantly reform the bipartisan state election commission.

In Michigan, Karamo and DePerno had been key players in the spread of misinformation on Trump’s loss in 2020. Along with Tudor Dixon, the party’s gubernatorial candidate who repeated Trump’s election lies, they provided a drag on the Republican ticket that helped the Democrats take complete control. of the House of Representatives for the first time in decades.

In two other competitive states, Minnesota and New Mexico, Republican candidates for secretary of state who echoed Trump’s election lies lost resoundingly, performing worse than their respective tickets.

“There are more pro-democracy Americans than non-Democrats, who look at the Republican Party and say, ‘That’s not for me,’ and that was confirmed last night,” said former Michigan president Jeff Timmers. Republican Party.

Nevada and Arizona will continue to test that idea as ballots are counted in their close races for top statewide seats.

Nevada is where former state legislator Jim Marchant he organized a coalition of electoral conspiracy theorists to run for polling places across the country as he himself ran for his state’s secretary of state.

Democracy advocates were optimistic Wednesday, especially as some Republicans admitted their losses without alleging massive fraud.

“We’re seeing a bit of a fight for the right message” among online election deniers, said Emma Steiner, who monitors disinformation for Common Cause.

He said concessions from candidates like Dixon in Michigan and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania make it “a little harder for election deniers to continue.”

But even as supporters celebrated, they kept a wary eye on Arizona and Nevada and acknowledged that Trump has inflicted serious damage on the trust in democracy that helps bind the country together.

“Certainly, election denial is alive and well, and this is an ongoing threat,” said Joanna Lydgate of United States, which has sought to publicize the danger of election conspiracy theorists. But he took comfort in Tuesday’s results.

“It was a very good night for democracy,” Lydgate said.