At least five Republican primary winners in battleground states won by Joe Biden embraced Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the 2020 election was stolen. Many took action to try to overturn the 2020 election results when Trump lost states, and if elected in November, they could have the power to block or delay the certification of election results in their states in the 2024 presidential election.
Here are some candidates to watch:
Kari Lake – Candidate for Arizona Governor
Trump-backed former TV news anchor Kari Lake currently holds a narrow lead over challenger Karin Taylor Robeson, a lawyer backed by former Vice President Mike Pence and sitting state Gov. Doug Ducey, although the race has not yet been called. It is one of at least three primary showdowns so far this year between the former president’s favorite candidates and his vice president.
In a June debate, Lake called the 2020 election “more than unfair” and repeated false claims that President Joe Biden “lost the election and shouldn’t be in the White House.” In the same debate, Lake asked his opponents to raise their hands if they thought the election was “stolen”. “I’m not going to play your—your stunts,” Robson replied.
Last year, Lake said that if she were governor of Arizona in 2020, she would not certify Mr. Biden’s victory in the state. Biden won Arizona by 10,457 votes, and a controversial oneIn the state’s most populous county, Mr. Biden’s lead actually increased by 200 votes.
In the lead up to Tuesday’s primary, Lake continued to cast doubt on the election process. “We’re already figuring out something is being stolen, but you know I’m a fighter, right?” he told a conservative group in late July. After her election night comments on Tuesday night, when ballots were still being counted, Lake repeatedly predicted she would win as long as “all legal” votes were counted.
Mark Finchem – Nominee for Arizona Secretary of State
Arizona State House Rep. Mark Finchem won the GOP primary for Arizona Secretary of State, the state’s top election official. The position was held open by Democrat Katie Hobbs, who is running for governor. More than a year after Mr. Biden took office, Finchem was still trying to overturn the results.
In February, he introduced a proposal to nullify the 2020 election results in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties. Mr. Biden won the state’s most populous counties, Maricopa and Pima counties, by more than 142,000 votes, while Trump won Yuma by 4,000 votes.
“The fact that there is no procedure under current law for the Arizona Legislature to ‘fix’ an election does not mean that the Legislature cannot provide a remedy for result-determining fraud and illegality in the conduct of the election,” Finchem wrote in the motion. . “The 2020 general election is irreparably compromised, and it is impossible to name a clear winner of the contest.”
Finchem attended Trump’s “Stop the Steel” rally on Jan. 6 and was near the Capitol when rioters stormed the building, according to the Arizona Mirror.
Last October, Finchem Called for verification of Mr. Biden’s victory while attending a Trump rally in Iowa. He also supported it A long-handed recount of ballots by private contractors ultimately found Mr. Biden won the county by about 45,000 votes.
Finchem is also a member of the far-right Oath Keepers, which helped organize the “#StopTheSteal” movement in Arizona. He was endorsed by Trump in September 2021.
Blake Masters – Nominated for US Senator from Arizona
The former executive of venture capitalist and billionaire Peter Thiel’s investment firm defeated Mark Brnovich, Arizona attorney general and Army veteran Jim Laman in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. Trump endorsed Masters in June.
In a campaign ad released in November, Masters said, “I think Trump won in 2020,” adding, “The election was really messed up.” It’s a sentiment that is echoed on Masters’ website. There he wrote that the 2020 election was “a rotten mess” and added “if we had had a free and fair election, President Trump would be sitting in the Oval Office today.”
Like other Republicans who have floated claims that Trump’s election was stolen, Masters has expressed skepticism.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to state and local election officials. He also calls for photo ID requirements, the elimination of drop boxes and “an end to the indiscriminate mass mailing of ballots.”
In 1991, Arizona passed a law for no-excuse mail ballots. The state allowed voters to remain on the list to receive mail ballots for each election, and one in four Arizona voters was on the permanent list, according to PolitiFact.
Tudor Dixon, Michigan’s nominee for governor
Dixon, a conservative radio host and activist, will run against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who led the state in the 2020 presidential election. Mr. Biden beat Trump in the Midwestern states by 1,54,188 votes, less than 3 points.
In 2016, Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes.
In a primary debate, Dixon raised her hand along with the rest of the Republican gubernatorial field when asked if there was enough fraud to influence the 2020 election results. In another debate, she asked whether Trump had won the state legally. She replied, “Yes.”
After the November election in 2020, Dixon tweeted that the election was rigged and that Democrats committed “blatant and blatant” voter fraud, according to Bridge Michigan, but offered no evidence to support his claim.
However, in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” last week, Dixon did not explicitly say that she thought the 2020 election was stolen. Instead, he directed his criticism at Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
“We have to make sure our elections are safe and that what happened in 2020 doesn’t happen again,” she told Fox News. “We are calling for common sense election laws.”
Christine Teacher – Michigan Secretary of State
Christina Karamo, the presumptive GOP nominee, was a poll watcher in 2020 who signed an affidavit claiming she witnessed voter fraud during the vote count in Detroit. His claim has been dismissed. She signed a lawsuit to overturn Biden’s 154,188-vote victory in 2020 and called for a “forensic audit” of the election.
In Michigan, there is no primary to choose a candidate for Secretary of State; Instead the respective parties in the state vote for their preferred candidates. Karamo won the majority at the Michigan GOP convention in April.
In December, Karamo Tweeted “Corrupt politicians tried to steal the election with the help of fake media, no.” Karamo followed that up after the 2020 election, when she claimed Detroit was counting absentee ballots and later testified before a state Senate committee that she saw fraudulent activity. He appeared on several cable news outlets to spread baseless claims of widespread fraud and filed to intervene in a Texas Supreme Court case seeking to overturn the 2020 election.
One of Karamo’s central fraud claims was about ballots filled with straight-ticket voting bubbles for Democrats and Republicans. She claimed that a worker wanted to count votes for Democrats and a supervisor told the worker to “push it.” Chris Thomas, Michigan’s longtime director of elections at an absentee counting facility in Detroit, told CBS News that a “push it” means the ballot will register as an overvote and not be counted for either party.
During the New Jersey gubernatorial election in November 2021, Karamo unfounded claimed Ballots “magically” appeared for Democrat incumbent Gov. Phil Murphy. “Can’t make this stuff up, but then again you’re a “rebellionist” and a “big lie supporter” for pointing out the obvious,” she said. Tweeted. Like DePerno, Karamo was endorsed by Michigan Republicans in April and is expected to become the official nominee in August.
Eric Schmidt – Candidate for US Senator from Missouri
Coming into primary day, Missouri Republican Eric Schmidt had received national attention as “ERIC” in the race. Former Presidentfor a Missouri US Senate seat, and Eric Schmidt, one of three “Eric’s” campaign trail runners, embraced Trump’s support and said he was “grateful” for it.
Schmitt also acknowledged Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen, which led to 17 other attorneys general being sued in 2020.
On July 5, Schmidt a campaign advertising On Twitter, he said that when he was Missouri’s 43rd attorney general, he “stood with President Trump to stop election fraud.”
John Gibbs – Candidate for Congress in Michigan’s 3rd District
Gibbs is a former Trump-era housing and urban development official who won his primary challenge against Republican Rep. Peter Meijer, a moderate freshman congressman who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 attack.
During a debate with Meijer in late June, Gibbs claimed there were “discrepancies” with the 2020 election results that were “mathematically impossible.” On his campaign website, Gibbs called for a “full forensic audit” of the 2020 election and wrote that ID should be required to vote, the elimination of early voting periods and “mass mailing of ballots to every voter… would be considered corrupt if used in any developing country.”
In 2020, Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent ballot applications — not ballots — to every registered voter because of the pandemic. This year, Michigan voters applied to receive absentee ballots, and state election officials said more than half of the votes cast in the primary were absentee ballots.