Friday, November 18, 2022

Vox explains 'Why so many “election deniers” lost in 2022'

I'm returning to election coverage with Why so many "election deniers" lost in 2022, which Vox uploaded this morning.

The belief that Donald Trump actually won the 2020 US election is widespread among his most devoted followers. That belief rests on claims of massive voter fraud in the 2020 election that have never been substantiated. And in the 2022 elections, many “election deniers” ran for state-level offices that have direct control over elections, promising to limit access to voting if they won. Of all Republican nominees for election-administration positions this year, over half openly claimed that Trump won in 2020.

But when the election came, the most high-profile of those “election denier” nominees, many of whom were favored to win, actually lost. And the story of why many of them lost is actually the story of thousands of ordinary citizens using the tools of democracy to protect democracy.
Three states whose gubernatorial elections I covered, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Arizona, played prominent roles in this video. While I quoted Stephen Colbert calling Tudor Dixon "an election-denying, transphobic, COVID-19 conspiracy theorist," I associated Dixon more with her opposition to abortion than her election denialism. The latter I thought were bigger issues for Kristina Karamo and Matthew DePerno, the Republican candidates for Secretary of State and Attorney General, respectively. Still, I'm glad all of them lost and Gretchen Whitmer, Jocelyn Benson, and Dana Nessel won. I'm also happy that Josh Shapiro beat Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania and Katie Hobbs beat Kari Lake in Arizona. Without them in power, the possibility of election subversion succeeding in 2024 drops dramatically. Whew.

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