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Several Republican candidates heading to the midterms believe the 2020 election was stolen

At least five Republican primaries in battleground state won by Joe Biden, 2020 election stolen I accepted Donald Trump's unsubstantiated allegations. When Trump lost his state, some took action to try to reverse the 2020 election results. 2024 presidential election.  

Notable candidates include:

Kari Lake — Candidate for Governor of Arizona

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Arizona's Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake at an election night party in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022.  Photographer: Caitlin O'Hara/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mr. Karin Taylor has a slight lead over his Mr. Robson. The incumbent governor of the state is Doug Ducey, but the campaign has not yet been called. It's his one of at least three major face-offs between the former presidential candidate and the vice presidential candidate so far this year.

During the June debate, Lake called the 2020 election "too unfair," calling President Joe Biden "We lost the election and shouldn't be in the White House." During that same debate, Lake asked his opponents to raise their hands if they thought the election was "stolen." Robson replied, "I'm not going to do your stunt."

Last year Lake said he would not have proven Mr. Biden's victory in the state if he were governor of Arizona in 2020. Biden won Arizonawith his 10,457 votesand in a controversial audit and ballot recount Arizona's most populous state Biden's lead actually increased his 10,457 votes in counties with a lot of votes. Hundreds of votes. 

Heading into Tuesday's primary, Lake continued to cast doubt on the election process. "I'm already detecting theft, but you know I'm a fighter," she told Conservative Group in late July. rice field. After her election night remarks, late Tuesday night, when votes were still being counted, Lake repeatedly predicted that she would win as long as "all legal" votes were counted. 

Mark Finchem — Arizona Secretary of State Candidate

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File: Mark Finchem, 2022 Arizona's Republican candidate for Secretary of State Ross D arrives to speak at a Save America rally in Prescott, Arizona, Friday, July 22. Franklin/AP

Arizona Congressman Mark Finkem wins Republican primary and is Arizona's Secretary of State and state's premier election was responsible. Democrat Katie Hobbs, running for governor, left the position vacant. More than a year after Mr. Biden took office, Finchem was still trying to reverse the outcome.

In February, he submitted Resolutions revoking certification of his 2020 election results in Maricopa, Pima, and Yuma counties. Biden won more than 142,000 votes in Maricopa and Pima counties, the most populous counties in the state, while Trump won more than 4,000 votes in Yuma County. 

"Under current law, the lack of a procedure for the Arizona Legislature to 'decertify' an election means that the legislature will not be allowed to engage in fraudulent or illegal activities that affect the outcome of the conduct of the election. 

This does not mean that we cannot provide remedies for Elections,” Finchem wrote in the resolution. “The 2020 general election has been irrevocably compromised, and it is impossible to name a clear winner for the contest.”Arizona Miller

Last October, Finchem decertified Mr. Biden's victory when he attended a Trump rally in Iowa. Asked for. He also supported the Maricopa County Audit. It's a lengthy manual recount by a private contractor that ultimately found Mr. Biden winning the county with about 45,000 votes.  

Finchem is also a member of the far-right Oath Keepers who helped organize the #StopTheSteal movement in Arizona. He was endorsed by Trump in his September 2021.

Blake Masters — Nominated for Senate of Arizona

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July 2022 Republican candidate for the Arizona Senate Blake Masters speaks at the Save America rally in Prescott, Arizona, Friday, 22nd. Ross D. Franklin/AP

Venture capitalist and billionaire Peter, a former exec at his Thiel investment firm, is in the race for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination to join the Arizona judiciary. Defeated Mark Brunovich, Commissioner and Army veteran. Trump endorsed the Masters in June.

In a campaign ad released in November, Masters said, "I think Trump won in 2020," adding, "The election was a real mess." This is the sentiment reflected on the Masters website, where he wrote that his 2020 election was a "horrible mess" and that "if a free and fair election were held, Had President Trump been sitting in the Oval Office," he added. today. "

Like other Republicans who spread Trump's stolen election allegations, Masters has voted to state and local elections by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The official who voiced suspicion over the billion dollar grant, also called for photo ID requirements, abolishing drop-boxes and "ending the indiscriminate mass mailing of ballots." I'm looking for 

In 1991, the State of Arizona passed a law on unreasonable mail-in ballots. The state allowed voters to remain on the listand received mail-in ballotsin every election. According toPolitifact, three of his four Arizona voters were on its permanent list. 

Tudor Dixon, Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate

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Grand Rapids, Michigan - August 2nd: Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon speaks at a primary election night party after winning the nomination at Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on August 2, 2022.  Bill Pugliano / Getty Images

Conservative radio host and activist Dixon confronts Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer Republican become a candidate for State during the 2020 presidential election. Biden trailed Trump by just under three points in the Midwestern state by his 154,188 votes.

In 2016, Trump won Michigan with 10,704 votes. 

In one preliminary debate, Dixon said that he, along with other sectors of Republican governors, had been defrauded enough to influence the 2020 election results. raised his hand to In a separate debate, she asked whether she believed Trump legally won the state. She replied "Yes."

Days after the November 2020 election, Dixon tweeted that the election was stolen, and that Democrats committed "sloppy and obvious" voter fraud, according toBridge Michiganbut did not provide supporting evidence.

But in an interview with 'Fox News Sunday' last week, Dixon didn't say outright that she thinks the 2020 election has been stolen. Instead, she turned her criticism to Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

"We have to make sure that the election takes place and that what happened in 2020 doesn't happen again," she told Fox News. We want common sense election law.”

Christina Caramo — Michigan Secretary of State

Christina Caramo is a 2020 poll watcher and , signed an affidavit claiming to have witnessed voter fraud in a 2020 poll. Counting votes in Detroit. Her allegations debunkedshe signed a lawsuit to overturn her 154,188-vote victory for Biden in 2020, calling for a "forensic audit" of the election. 

Michigan does not have a primary election to select a candidate for Secretary of State. Instead, each political party in the state votes for their preferred candidate. Karamo said she won a majority of votes at the Republican convention in Michigan in April. 

In December, Karamo tweeted that she said, "Corrupt politicians were trying to steal the election with the help of lying media. It won't happen," he said.Karamo gained support after he later testified before a state Senate committee, claiming he witnessed fraud in Detroit counting absentee ballots after the 2020 election. She made several appearances on cable news, spreading her baseless allegations that fraud was pervasive and filing to intervene in a Texas lawsuit in the Supreme Court that sought to overturn the 2020 election. did. 

Her one of Karamo's main fraud allegations involved voting in which the single-vote ballot bubble between the Democrats and Republicans was filled. She said workers wanted to count Democrat votes and claimed supervisors told workers to "push it through." Chris Thomas, Michigan's longtime election director, who was at an absentee counting facility in Detroit, told CBS News that "pushing it through" meant that the vote would be registered as overvoted and not counted for either party. said to mean 

In the November 2021 New Jersey gubernatorial election, Karamo unfoundedly Democratic incumbent Governor Phil when her Murphy ballot "magically" appeared. claimed to be. "You can't make up stuff like this, but you are yet again a 'rioter' and a 'supporter of big lies' pointing out the obvious," she tweeted 8 It is expected to be formally nominated in May.

Eric Schmidt — Missouri Senate Nominated

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File - This September File photo, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmidt speaks before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, Nov. 9, 2019.  Manuel Barce Seneta/AP

Entering the first day, Missouri Republican Eric Schmidt was named the "ERIC" of the race, a national was attracting a lot of attention. Former President Trump endorsed ``ERIC'' for the Missouri Senate seat. A man who accepted Trump's endorsement, he said, "Thank you." 

Schmidt also accepted Trump's allegations that the 2020 election was stolen and filed a lawsuit in 2020 with his 17 other Attorneys General.  

On July 5, Schmidt published acampaign ad on his Twitter,  when he was the 43rd Attorney General of Missouri, "We worked with President Trump to stop election fraud," he said.

John Gibbs — Nominated to Congress for Michigan Third District

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Michigan BYRON TOWNSHIP - AUGUST 2: Republican candidate John Gibbs speaks to reporters after voting at the Byron Township Community Center in Byron Township, Michigan on Tuesday, August 2, 2022. }

Gibbs is a former Trump-era housing and urban development officer and Republican congressman a moderate freshman who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 attacks. You have won your first challenge against Peter Meyer.

In his debate with Meijer in late June,Gibbs said he believed there were "simply mathematically impossible" "anomalies" in the 2020 election results. claimed. On his campaign website, Gibbs said he called for a "full forensic audit" of the 2020 election, that voting would require him to have an ID, and that early voting would take place during the early voting period. should be abolished. Vote for all voters…considered corrupt when used in developing countries.

In 2020, Democratic Secretary of State Joslyn Benson mailed all registered voters a ballot application instead of a ballot because of the pandemic. Michigan voters applied to receive absentee ballots this year, and election officials in thestate said just over half of votes in the primary were absentee ballots.

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