The 2020 Republican Election Deniers in Numbers

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Election doubters, QAnon founders, and other GOP stalwarts exceeded predictions, but more surprising poll night events are emerging.

Pro-Trump Secretary of State candidates Jim Marchant and Mark Finchem [REUTERS]

Republican election deniers’ performance in US midterms

According to a BBC analysis, at least 125 Republicans elected in the midterm elections have publicly denied the result of the 2020 presidential election.

They include controversial politician Marjorie Taylor Greene, whose personal Twitter account was suspended for propagating incorrect information on the coronavirus, and successful author and former Trump critic JD Vance.

Donald Trump continues to claim incorrectly that he won the 2020 presidential election.

Before the midterm elections, the website FiveThirtyEight presented analyses and independently verified data on what all candidates for Senate, House of Representatives, and state governor stated. It was discovered that 178 of them, all Republicans, have totally and publicly repudiated the result of the presidential election, backing Trump’s fraudulent claim that he defeated Joe Biden.

That accounted for more than one-third of all Republican races.

So far, here’s what we know:

• At least 125 election deniers have won seats in the House, Senate, and governor’s office; 44 have lost their contests.

Some results in states like California, Arizona, and Nevada have yet to be called.

JD Vance, a Republican, was elected to the United States Senate.

Republican candidate JD Vance won a seat in the US Senate [REUTERS]

Many candidates were nominated in districts with a high proportion of Republican votes, so it seemed inevitable they would win, but some unexpected occurrences happened on election night.

Bo Hines, a 27-year-old former collegiate football player, running for Congress in North Carolina, was favored to win and endorsed by Donald Trump as a “proven winner on and off the field.”

He was defeated by Democrat Wiley Nickel, a former Obama administration lawyer.

Lauren Boebert of Colorado once published QAnon conspiracy theories on her social media platforms. She was also known for her solid pro-gun views, and when she was first elected to Congress, she committed to carrying a weapon with her in Washington, DC. She was favored to be re-elected to the House, but her Democratic opponent, Adam Frisch, is giving her a run for her money, and a recount is probable.

Other people who were skeptical of the election results fared better than expected.

George Santos, a Republican from New York who was present at the January 6 disturbance at the US Capitol but afterward called it “a horrible day in America,” was not expected to win. Still, he did and now serves in the House.

JD Vance, the author of the book that inspired the film Hillbilly Elegy, handily won his Senate contest in Ohio. Even though he originally called Trump “reprehensible,” Trump eventually praised him, and he firmly rejected that the former president lost in 2020.

And Ms. Greene handily won in a Republican-heavy Georgia House seat.

Kari Lake, a key promoter of unfounded voter fraud claims, is vying to be governor of Arizona. [EPA]

Pro-Trump Secretary of State candidates

All eyes are now on Arizona, where Kari Lake, a former newscaster, is running for governor.

Ms. Lake routinely claims that elections are rigged on her social media accounts. In October 2021, she tweeted, “Voter fraud will herald the END of the Republic.”

During the campaign, she claimed that there would be hundreds of thousands of forged ballots in 2020; the BBC questioned her about it and claimed that the government had hidden evidence, but she provided no proof.

On election day, there were issues with voting machines in Maricopa County, Arizona, which is home to Phoenix, the state’s largest city. A quarter of the county’s machines could not read the ballot printouts, causing delays. The glitch was ultimately resolved, and election officials stated that backup systems were in place to ensure votes were counted.

Ms. Lake called about “incompetence” but hasn’t cited fraud or misconduct.

Ms. Lake is one of seven candidates from the America First Secretary of State Coalition, an anti-elections group. The group’s founders also have ties to QAnon, a wide-ranging, baseless conspiracy theory that claims President Trump is launching a secret battle against elite Satan-worshipping pedophiles.

Five people are running for secretary of state, whose job is to sign off on election results, and two are running for governor. Diego Morales, who was running for secretary of state in Indiana, was one of them.

One of the three losers is Doug Mastriano, who was running for governor of Pennsylvania. The results of the elections for Ms. Lake, Mark Finchem, and Jim Marchant have yet to be called as of Friday at noon.

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