More and MORE Republicans are taking a page from the Donald Trump book of stupidy and saying even though they lost their primary contest?
They Didin’t …..
Is this the first wave of efforts to disregard vote total’s and the election system?
Of just Rightwingnuts showing their stupidity Out LOUD?
Donald Trump’s crying HAS got tired even for Republicans….
A growing number of Republican candidates this cycle are refusing to concede elections they indisputably lost, promoting conspiracy theories about the results and engaging in local battles over certification.
Why it matters: The undercurrent of election denialism pervading the 2022 midterms is bubbling to the surface as more Trump-inspired candidates are tested in primaries.
The big picture: The trend stretches across and beyond states at the heart of former President Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
What’s happening: In Michigan, Ryan Kelley, a gubernatorial candidate who was arrested by the FBI in June in connection with the Capitol riot, is refusing to concede and called his fourth-place finish in the GOP primary a “predetermined outcome.”
- Michigan election officials had also been worried in the run-up to the primary that local canvassers would refuse to certify the results, Axios’ Samuel Robinson reported last week.
In Arizona, Trump-endorsed Mark Finchem — who won the state’s GOP nomination for secretary of state — said at an election party that “I’ve got people all over the state saying, ‘I’ve gotten ballots that I didn’t ask for,'” according to reports.
- Right-wing commentators also resurrected a baseless conspiracy theory in Arizona that claimed election officials were using Sharpies to invalidate ballots.
- The circulating conspiracy prompted Maricopa County’s top prosecutor to send a cease-and-desist letter to a local office-seeker demanding she stop telling voters to steal pens from polling places.
In Colorado, indicted county clerk Tina Peters paid more than $250,000 last week for a recount of the Republican primary for secretary of state. She lost by 14 points a month earlier but claimed there was “cheating.”
In Nevada, gubernatorial candidate Joey Gilbert also refused to concede and paid for a recount in June after losing by 11 points to Trump-endorsed Joe Lombardo…..