Several GOP candidates advancing to the midterm elections think the 2020 election has been stolen

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At least five Republican primary winners in battlefield states won by Joe Biden embraced Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen. Several have taken action to try to reverse the 2020 election results when Trump lost their states, and if elected in November, they could have the power to block or block the certification of election results in their states in the 2024 presidential election. to postpone.

Here are some candidates to keep an eye on:

Kari Lake – Candidate for Governor of Arizona

Trump-backed former TV news anchor Kari Lake currently has a small lead over her opponent Karrin Taylor Robson, the attorney backed by former Vice President Mike Pence and incumbent state governor Doug Ducey, though the race isn’t over yet. called. It is one of at least three clashes so far this year between the former president’s preferred candidates and his vice president’s.

In a June debate, Lake said he called the 2020 election “more than unfair” and repeated the false claim that President Joe Biden “lost the election and should not be in the White House.” In that same debate, Lake asked her opponents to raise their hands if they thought the election had been “stolen.” Robson replied, “I’m not going to play your – your stunt.”

Last year, Lake said that if she was Arizona’s governor in 2020, she would not have certified Mr. Biden’s victory in the state. Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes, and a controversial check and manual recount of ballots in the state’s most populous county found that Mr. Biden’s lead had increased by several hundred votes.

In the run-up to Tuesday’s primaries, Lake continued to cast doubt on the electoral process. “We’re already noticing the stealing, but you know I’m a fighter, right?” she told a conservative group in late July. After her election remarks late Tuesday night, while the ballots were still being counted, Lake repeatedly predicted she would win as long as “all legal” ballots were counted.

Mark Finchem – Candidate for Secretary of State of Arizona

Arizona State House Representative Mark Finchem won the GOP primaries for the Arizona Secretary of State, the highest-ranking election official in the state. The position was left open by Democrat Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor. More than a year after Mr Biden took office, Finchem was still trying to undo the results.

In February, he introduced a resolution to decertify the 2020 election results in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma provinces. Biden won the state’s most populous county, Maricopa, and Pima County by more than 142,000 votes, while Trump won Yuma by more than 4,000 votes.

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“Just because there is no process under current law for the Arizona legislature to ‘decertify’ an election does not mean that the legislature cannot provide a remedy for outcome-determining fraud and illegality in conducting the election,” Finchem wrote. in the resolution. “The 2020 general election has been irretrievably jeopardized and it is impossible to name a clear winner of the contest.”

Finchem attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 and was near the Capitol when rioters stormed the building, according to the Arizona Mirror.

Last October, Finchem called for decertification of the victory of Mr. Biden performing at a Trump rally in Iowa. He also supported the Maricopa County audit, a lengthy manual recount of ballots by private contractors, which ultimately concluded that Mr. Biden had won the county by about 45,000 votes.

Finchem is also a member of the far-right Oath Keepers who helped organize the “#StopTheSteal” movement in Arizona. He was approved by Trump in September 2021.

Blake Masters – Nominated for U.S. Senator from Arizona

Venture capitalist and former executive at billionaire Peter Thiel’s investment company, defeated Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Army veteran Jim Lamon in the race for the Republican nomination to the United States Senate. Trump endorsed Masters in June.

In a campaign ad released in November, Masters said, “I think Trump won in 2020,” adding that the “election was really messed up.” It is a feeling that is reflected on the Masters website. There, he wrote that the 2020 election was “a mess” and added “if we had had free and fair elections, President Trump would be in the Oval Office today.”

Like other Republicans who have spread Trump’s claim of stolen elections, Masters has raised suspicions about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s $400 million grant to state and local election officials. He also calls for mandating photo ID, the elimination of drop boxes and “ending the random mass-sending of ballots”.

In 1991, Arizona passed a bill for no apology ballots. The state allowed voters to remain on a list to get a ballot paper for every election, and according to Politifact, three out of four Arizona voters were on that permanent list.

Tudor Dixon, Michigan Governor Candidate

Dixon, a conservative radio host and activist, will be the Republican nominee against Democratic administration Gretchen Whitmer, who led the state in the 2020 presidential election. Mr. Biden defeated Trump in the Midwest by 154,188 votes, just under 3 points.

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In 2016, Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes.

In a primary debate, Dixon along with the rest of the Republican governmental field had raised her hand when asked if there was enough fraud to influence the 2020 election results. In another debate, she asked whether she believed Trump had legitimately won the state. She replied, “Yes.”

Days after the November 2020 election, Dixon tweeted that the election had been stolen, saying that, according to Bridge Michigan, Democrats had committed “sloppy and obvious” voter fraud, but had not provided evidence to back up her claim.

However, in an interview last week with “TBEN News Sunday,” Dixon didn’t explicitly say she thought the 2020 election had been stolen. Instead, she directed her criticism at Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

“We need to make sure that our elections are safe and that what happened in 2020 doesn’t happen again,” she told TBEN News. “We are calling for a common sense election law.”

Kristina Karamo – Secretary of State of Michigan

Kristina Karamo, the likely GOP nominee, was a 2020 poll watcher who signed an affidavit claiming she witnessed voter fraud during the vote counting in Detroit. Her claim has been debunked. She signed a lawsuit to reverse Biden’s 154,188 vote gain in 2020 and called for a “forensic audit” of the election.

In Michigan, there is no primary to elect a candidate for secretary of state; instead, the respective parties of the state vote for their preferred candidate. Karamo won the majority of the vote at a party convention in Michigan in April.

In December, Karamo tweeted that “corrupt politicians with the help of the lying media tried to steal the elections will not happen.” Karamo gained following after the 2020 election when she claimed to have witnessed fraudulent activity in which Detroit counted absentee ballots and later testified before a state senate committee. She appeared in cable news several times to spread baseless claims of widespread fraud and filed a petition to intervene in the Texas Supreme Court case seeking to overturn the 2020 election.

One of Karamo’s central fraud allegations was about a ballot that had filled direct voting bubbles for Democrats and Republicans. She claimed that a worker wanted to count the vote for Democrats and a supervisor told the worker to “press through.” Chris Thomas, the longtime Michigan election director who was at the absentee counting facility in Detroit, told TBEN News that “persevering” meant the vote would be registered as an overvote and counted for neither party.

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During the New Jersey gubernatorial election in November 2021, Karamo unfounded claimed that the ballots for incumbent Democratic Governor Phil Murphy appeared “magically.” “Can’t make this up, but again, you’re ‘rebellious’ and a ‘big proponent of lies’ to point out the obvious,” she said. tweeted. Like DePerno, Karamo was approved by Michigan Republicans in April and is expected to become the formal candidate in August.

Eric Schmitt – nominee for U.S. Senator from Missouri

Missouri Republican Eric Schmitt, who came on day one, had received national attention as an “ERIC” in the race. Former President Trump had “ERIC” approved for the US Senate seat in Missouri, and Eric Schmitt, one of three “Erics” on the campaign trail, embraced Trump’s endorsement and said he was “grateful” for it.

Schmitt has also embraced Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen, and led a lawsuit with 17 other attorneys general in 2020.

On July 5, Schmitt released a campaign ad on Twitter saying that when he was the 43rd Attorney General of Missouri, he “stood with President Trump to stop election fraud.”

John Gibbs – nominee for Congressman, Michigan’s 3rd District

Gibbs is a former Trump-era housing and urban development official who won his primary challenge against Republican Representative Peter Meijer, a moderate freshman congressman who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 attacks.

During a debate with Meijer in late June, Gibbs claimed there were “anomalies” with the 2020 election results “that are simply mathematically impossible”. On his campaign website, Gibbs is calling for a “full forensic audit” of the 2020 election, writing that ID should be required to vote, abolishing the early voting period and saying the “mass mailing of ballots to every voter … would be considered corrupt if used in a developing country.”

In 2020, Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent ballots — not ballots — to every registered voter because of the pandemic. This year, Michigan voters applied to receive absentee ballots, and state election officials said just over half of the voters in the primaries were absent.

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