They join Donald Trump in the loser category …..
Reality wins in the American political system….
Voters may be gullible….
But NOT THAT stupid….
Denying the results of the 2020 election and casting doubts about the nation’s voting system cost statewide Republican candidates 2.3 to 3.7 percentage points in the midterms last year, according to a new study from States United Action, a nonpartisan group that promotes fair elections.
Why It Matters: Consequential races were close.
Even at the lowest end of the spectrum, 2.3 percentage points would have been enough to swing several critical midterm races that Republicans lost, including the contests for governor and attorney general in Arizona and the Senate elections in Nevada and Georgia.
In each of those races, the Republican nominee had either expressed doubts about the 2020 election or outright rejected its legitimacy.
And as former President Donald J. Trump illustrated at a town-hall event last week, election denialism is very much alive within the Republican Party.
But spreading such conspiracy theories again could hamper Republicans as they look to take back the Senate in 2024.
“The problem for a lot of Republicans right now is that the gap between what the base wants and what swing voters will tolerate has gotten very long,” said Sarah Longwell, an anti-Trump Republican strategist.
Background: A series of losses for election deniers
In the midterms, a slate of election-denying candidates ran together as the America First coalition. These candidates, organized in part by Jim Marchant, the Republican nominee for secretary of state in Nevada, sought to take over critical parts of the nation’s election infrastructure by running for secretary of state, attorney general and governor in states across the country.
But in every major battleground state, these candidates lost…..
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