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Republicans have only themselves to blame for unelectable ‘big lie’ candidates

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17.05.2022

Republican leaders in Pennsylvania are freaking out about the possibility that GOP voters on Tuesday might nominate candidates whose election denialism could lead to defeat in November. If that happens, they have only their cowardice to blame.

Republican voters widely believe the myth that the 2020 election was stolen despite an utter lack of convincing evidence. In private, Republican leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), have angrily denounced former president Donald Trump’s fevered fulminations. In public, however, few say what they know to be true: Trump lost because he alienated too many GOP-leaning, college-educated suburbanites. Most have demurred from confronting Trump, allowing election lies to spread.

The result is that a vocal minority of Republicans want to rectify 2020 in the coming midterms. These people are not a majority; if they were, former senator David Perdue of Georgia would be winning his challenge against incumbent Republican Gov. Brian Kemp rather than trailing him badly in the polls.

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