Donald Trump claimed the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. That somehow, Democrats finagled 85,000,000 million or so votes for Joe Biden. Those claims have been struck down in court for lack of evidence. Republican election officials like Georgia’s Brad Raffensperger also assured voters that the election results were valid and that the claims of rampant fraud were baseless.
And then came the bandwagon, the election denier’s bandwagon.
According to a new report by non-partisan political reporting website FiveThrityEight, voters overwhelmingly rejected election-denying GOP newcomers during the midterms, including Arizona’s Kari Lake, “of the 80 non-incumbent Republican election deniers who ran for House, Senate, governor, secretary of state, and attorney general, just 22 are currently projected to win (28 percent), while 49 (61 percent) are projected to lose.
Election deniers lost closely watched contests in swing states and failed to gain new ground in about 95 percent of statewide races, according to an analysis by States United Action, an organization that tracked races with election deniers on the ballot.
In Arizona outspoken Republican Kari Lake had made the false assertions that the 2020 election was stolen a cornerstone of her campaign. Not only did she narrowly lose to Democrat Katie Hobbs, but the Republicans lost state offices on the ballot down ticket as well including Secretary of State.
American voters stepped up to defend democracy in this election. In most places, voters decisively rejected election deniers who wanted power over their votes.
President Joe Biden hailed the midterm results as a “strong rejection of election deniers at every level. What these elections showed is that there’s a deep and unwavering commitment in America to preserving and protecting and defending democracy,” he said.