HARISBURG, Pennsylvania – Two weeks before the primary election in Pennsylvania, Republican candidates running for the U.S. Senate and governor continue to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, showing the extent to which the Republican campaign remains in slavery for former President D Trump’s extreme and baseless electoral claims.
Both positions are hotly debated and could be crucial to the outcome of the Pennsylvania presidential election in 2024, when Trump can run again, regardless of confirming the election results or dictating election law in the state of battle.
But while Republicans have made anger over the 2020 election one of the key elements of this year’s midterm campaigns to appeal to Trump-loyal Republican voters, such reports could cause the general election campaign to fall in the fall, polls say.
There, Republicans can be expected to focus on President Joe Biden’s inflation, economy, and productivity, especially given that Americans remain pessimistic about the country’s development and national economy.
However, Democrats seem ready to reconsider Trump’s baseless allegations of election fraud, linking them to the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol and the subsequent armada of Republican-sponsored election law that Democrats see as an attack on the right to vote.
The primary election in Pennsylvania will be held on May 17, and large and broad Republican fields are vying for candidates for a seat in the U.S. Senate and for governor.
Efforts to repeal elections and change electoral laws in Pennsylvania and other states on the battlefield, lost by Trump, are part of a broader story unfolding in some Republican primaries.
Many of the baseless claims are directed at Pennsylvania, taken from Trump by Democrats in 2020.
Candidates sometimes repeat Trump’s conspiracy theories about fraud or distort the actions of government officials and judges in an attempt to portray Democrats as deceived – or both.
In the Senate race, five of the seven Republicans in mainstream politics declined to say whether they would vote to confirm the results of Pennsylvania’s 2020 presidential election, in which Biden defeated Trump by 80,000 votes, according to official estimates.
This position puts them on the side not only of the Senate, which voted 92-7 in favor of certification, but also of the Republican Senate Assembly, including the man they hope to replace, Republican Senator Pat Toomey, who is resigning.
Only Trump-backed Mehmet Oz – best known as the heart surgeon who became the host of the celebrity show “The Dr. Oz Show” – and real estate investor Jeff Bartas say they would vote for election certification.
“As far as the Senate is concerned, this is not my job and there should be no questioning of what the states have said,” Oz said in a recent interview.
However, Oz agreed with other Republican candidates, saying the 2020 election has yet to be investigated and laws need to be changed.
“In fact, we know the 2020 election was stolen,” Senate candidate Carla Sands told a debate audience last week.
In the presidential race, each of the nine Republican candidates pledged to repeal Pennsylvania’s two-year law, which provided for postal voting without excuses.
Many Republicans campaigning in Pennsylvania are also talking about the need to expand Pennsylvania’s voter identification requirements and ban ballot boxes. This is despite the fact that the prosecutor’s office found perhaps only one case in the 2020 election of rigged personal voting and zero evidence that ballot boxes were a channel for fraudulent ballots.
Prosecutors have filed charges in about five cases where voters – all Republicans – voted for a deceased relative or husband. This gives gubernatorial candidate Lou Barlett his performance.
“Listen, we know that dead people have voted in Pennsylvania all our lives, and now they don’t even have to leave the cemetery to vote,” Barletta told a debate audience last week. “They can send their ballots by mail. I’m going to get rid of it. “
Voting by mail, he said, “is ripe for fraud, collecting ballots. We could continue. “
Among the allegations about the 2020 election was widespread voter fraud, but an Associated Press survey found fewer than 475 cases of potential voter fraud in six states that were challenged by Trump – a number that would not matter in the election.
One of the gubernatorial candidates, State Senator Doug Mastrian, who claims the election was called off because of rigging against Trump, proposed to the legislature a plan to repeal it and received a summons from Congressional committee to investigate the January 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol. over the creation of the Republican Party Alternative Voter List.
He said that if elected, he would require voters to “re-register. We will start all over again. “
This, however, is prohibited by the National Voter Registration Act and is likely to face significant protection under the federal – and possibly state – constitution and laws, constitutional law scholars say.
Democratic candidates have not shied away from emphasizing the Republican Party’s efforts to cancel the 2020 election – and opinion polls say most are skeptical of allegations of election fraud and investigations.
“Trying to make this a problem, the main problem of the election, does more harm than good to Republicans,” said Christopher Borick, a questionnaire and professor of political science at Müllenberg College in Allentown. “And it’s night and day, the primaries against the general election.”
Recently during the Potter County election campaign, Josh Shapiro, the current Attorney General of the state, who does not claim to be nominated by the Democrats for governor, made this topic a major part of his topic.
Electoral lies led to lawsuits to cancel the election, the January 6 uprising, and then state capitol law restricting suffrage, Shapiro told listeners. The Republican Voting Act was passed in some states, but was vetoed in Pennsylvania by Gov. Tom Wolfe, a Democrat.
“But make no mistake, they’re coming back,” Shapiro told the crowd. “And I will always speak out and defend our democracy. I will always stand by and guarantee that you have the right to vote and be heard in our system. ”