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These Republican Candidates for Governor Are Boosting Trump’s Election Lie

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Ahead of a speech in an Italian restaurant last week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill McSwain fielded a yes-or-no question. Did he believe the 2020 presidential election was conducted freely and fairly in Pennsylvania?

He did not answer either Yes or No.

“Well, Joe Biden is our president, unfortunately,” McSwain said, according to Jonestown, Pennsylvania’s Tribune-Democrat.

It was not the first time McSwain, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, has ducked a question on the validity of the 2020 election. Nor is he alone among his class of aspiring governors. Across the country, Republican gubernatorial campaigns are haunted by the 2020 election, which remains a sore point among the GOP base. According to a recent CNN survey, nearly one in six Republicans believes it important that members of their party support Donald Trump’s (false) claims of having won the 2020 election.

That new party line has aspiring Republican governors in blue states walking a narrow path, casting doubt on President Joe Biden’s victory, even if they won’t outright allege fraud.

McSwain has previously fed conspiracy theories about Biden’s victory, sometimes even conflicting with former Trump associates. In June, McSwain wrote a letter to Trump, claiming to have “received various allegations of voter fraud and election irregularities” in........

© The Daily Beast

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