WASHINGTON – While the country has focused primarily on President Donald Trump’s denial of the presidential election, which deprived Joe Biden of the presidential election, its influence in state and local races is also diminishing as the defeated Republican nominee. Follow suit.
Trump’s insistence that the election results have been betrayed has defeated the ballot, who make the same claim by defeating candidates and similarly refusing to refuse despite losing thousands of votes.
In a Pennsylvania swing district outside Pittsburgh, Republican House candidate Sean Parnell has yet to accept his race against a Democratic incumbent and Trump’s voters in the battlefield are echoing claims of fraud and irregularities.
NBC News has called the Lamb race, with 95 percent of the vote, 51.1 percent of the vote compared to Parnell’s 48.9 percent. Lamb leads by over 9,000 votes.
A Purple Heart recipient who tried to curse the rape. Connor Lamb, D-Pa., Parnell is among several GOP candidates refusing to throw a towel in the race if he is declared a winner or they will clearly lose.
The wave of reconsideration comes as Trump consistently makes false claims that the massive voter fraud fuel Joe Biden’s victory, which has been speculated by news outlets since Saturday when the former vice-president needed to win 270 electoral votes. The votes were exceeded.
To justify not accepting, Trump is pointing to mail-in ballots – many of which were cast because of an ongoing epidemic by Democrats – which he incorrectly calls illegal votes.
“Many Republican voters believe that the election was fraudulent,” said Stanford University law professor Nate Persley about the unfounded claims of those who specialize in election law. “It’s not surprising that losing candidates have now taken a page out of the Trump playbook because it seems to be working for them, at least among Republican voters.”
In Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District, Parnell has said he will not give up until officials complete every legal vote count. Meanwhile, he is promoting claims on social media, without evidence, that GOP poll watchers were barred from looking at the counting of votes.
“I will continue to fight and follow the constitutional process until every legal vote is counted,” Parnell said in a statement Wednesday.
Many other House GOP candidates and Republicans running for other offices are not making the same arguments in their decisions.
Sen. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., Who lost to Democratic challenger Mark Kelly, has not won despite being trailed by more than 79,000 votes with 98 percent of the vote.
Similarly, in Michigan, GOP Senate candidate John James has not competed in his race against Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters. With 98 percent of the vote, James is losing by more than 87,000 votes.
James said in a statement last week, “While Senator Peters is currently ahead, I am deeply concerned that millions of mixiganders may cheat the dishonest.” “When this process is complete, I will certainly accept the results and desire of the people, but at this time, there is sufficient credible evidence to warrant an investigation to ensure that the election is done in a transparent, legal and fair manner “So what is the objection that there is a possibility of hiding something.”
This is not just a race with slim margins.
The Republican gubernatorial candidate in Washington state who lost to the Democratic Government. Jay Inslee is not even dropping by more than 548,000 votes – a margin of about 14 percentage points.
Speaking to supporters in a live-stream video on Facebook on Monday, Lauren Kulp said, “No, I’m not refusing, not doing this … not a bizarre one. Don’t vote in. Don’t come back.” Love a good challenge. ”He called it a” warrior mentality “.
“I want every vote to be counted, I want every legal vote to be counted and every legal voter has their say. That’s why you don’t believe until all those votes are counted.”
It won’t be long until votes across the country are finalized – all states will certify their results on December 11, with the final state, California, within the next few weeks.
Experts say there is no practical or legal hurdle for candidates who decide not to make an election – it is just a formality. They, however, warn that there are other consequences.
“I think the biggest impact is that it sows distrust in the elections. MSNBC analyst Matthew Miller said there’s going to be a significant percentage now that you don’t believe in any Republican election Because it has been stolen.
A Politico / Morning Consulting poll released this week found that 70 percent of Republicans say the 2020 election was not free and fair and 63 percent of them distrusted the American election system. More than three quarters of Democrats, by contrast, rely on the system.
Another effect, Miller predicted, would be that false claims of fraud by GOP officials would wind up legislative efforts to pass more restrictive voting laws.
“Republicans will use these fabricated claims of electoral fraud to justify further restrictions on voting,” he said. “You will see that Republicans in state legislatures do what they are already doing across the country to try and make it harder for people to vote.”
Miller said it is not surprising to see so many Republicans not surrendering to their race.
“This has been happening for four years, which is every bad idea that Trump has too quickly filtered out the rest of the party and turns into Republican dogma.”