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The last primaries of 2022, held on Tuesday, saw more visible victories for the “Make America Great Again” wing of the Republican Party.
The more moderate Republican running for the US Senate in New Hampshire, Senate Speaker Chuck Morse, conceded defeat Wednesday through 2020. Retired brigadier general of the US Army. General Don Bolduc.
Indeed, it was a sweep of the House and Senate races in New Hampshire for the more Trump-aligned candidates.
The race to the Senate was another case for the candidate favored by the Republican establishment in Washington, led by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, as he fell to a candidate who promoted conspiracy theories and was allied with former President Donald Trump. It wasn’t enough that the McConnell-allied supergroup PAC pumped more than $4 million into the race to pump Morse.
In this particular case, it’s also worth noting that Democrats helped Bolduc by spending millions to run ads attacking and restricting Morse code. to McConnell.
The Democrats’ cynical strategy to help GOP candidates in multiple states and races is a dangerous gamble that could either help them maintain control of the Senate or put more election deniers in office, depending on what happens in November. It also undermines their mission of trying to protect democracy.
As CNN’s political team reported on the takeaway from the New Hampshire primary, “Boldock joins the list of National Republican candidates who fear they won’t be able to attract voters in November.” Read more takeaway.
Bolduc is the type of candidate who talked about repealing the FBI and repealing the 17th Amendment, which requires states to elect directly Senators.
While Trump has not technically endorsed Boldock and ran unsuccessful primary campaigns in the past, he joined Hershel Walker of Georgia, Blake Masters of Arizona, Dr. Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania, and J.D. Vance of Ohio in the camp of endorsed candidates. Trump for the first time in the United States. Risk of losing seats Republican leaders must win to control the Senate.
There was more evidence of MAGA-fication in New Hampshire’s first congressional district primary, which pitted two former Trump administration aides against each other.
Whoever expressed confidence in the elections lost.
From a CNN report:
where (not shiny) The mower had “Confidence in the New Hampshire Election,” (Caroline) Levitt said she believes “the 2020 election was undoubtedly stolen from President Trump.” Where the Mowers proposed hearings to determine whether President Joe Biden should be impeached, Levitt said unequivocally that the president should be impeached. And where Mowers said he “supports the science” when asked about the newly introduced coronavirus vaccine, Leavitt said it was “none of your business.”
CNN’s Danielle Dale wrote on Wednesday that more than half of the Senate’s Republican candidates “rejected, questioned, or attempted to nullify the 2020 election results.”
19 GOP primary winners have questioned the 2020 results, according to Dell’s list, which includes five current senators and 11 other candidates. Who can practically win in November.
There is a longer list of candidates for governor – at least 22- The Minister of Foreign Affairs – at least 11- Those who have espoused similar theories and will be in a position to influence the conduct of elections in their states if they win in November.
On the other hand, most Republicans who voted to impeach Trump have either been purged by GOP primary voters or have announced plans to impeach Trump. the retirement.
In particular, Representative Liz Cheney, a Republican of Wyoming who helped lead the House investigation into the January 6, 2021 mutiny, lost her August primary.
Only two of the ten Republican members of the House of Representatives Whoever voted to impeach Trump, Representatives David Valadao of California and Dan Newhouse of Washington state will be on the November ballot. So does Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the only Republican senator to vote for impeachment and is about to be re-elected this year.
CNN’s Adam Woolner looked at how these few Republicans survived and suggested that Murkowski is something of a political anomaly. She won re-election in 2010 through a writing campaign after losing the Republican primary, which is the political equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of the hat.
But more importantly, he identified the one thing that connects the three surviving Republicans who were impeached:
“Murkowski, Neuhaus, and Valladaw did not face a traditional Republican primary,” Woolner wrote in August. Instead, they participated in contests in which all candidates, regardless of party, appeared on the same ballot. In California and Washington, the top two leaders move into the general election, while the top four are ahead in Alaska.” Read more of Woolner’s analysis.
I did the Brookings Institution more Comprehensive review of primary candidates Both parties found that Republicans embraced Trump and his conservative brand far more fully than Democrats have embraced their more progressive ideas.
Less than 13% of GOP candidates endorsed Trump, but more than 96% of those who supported them won the primaries.
Most of the Republican candidates — nearly 60% in the Brookings review — made no mention of Trump or the MAGA and America First slogans on their website. But only 30% of candidates who did not press Trump won.
The Brookings Institution compare these numbers with the percentage Democrats who embraced the left wing of the party. Most Democratic candidates – 72% – did not have support from left-wing groups and did not mention Left Issues – anything from Medicare for All to Stop Police Funding – on their website. Approximately Half of those won the primaries.
A small minority of Democrats, only about 6%, endorsed them by very progressive leaders such as Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders or groups that share his priorities. Half of them won the primaries.
Brookings Conclusion: On the Republican side, candidates have embraced Trump – even when he hasn’t embraced them – and have done very well in the primaries because of it. On the Democratic side, the impact of Bernie Sanders’ revolution has been smaller, more muted, and less successful in the primaries.”
Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect the candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
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