“That’s not an exaggeration,” he added. “That’s a fact.”
A victory for the GOP ticket, the former president announced to a crowd of more than 1,000 in a South Phoenix high school gymnasium, “The suffragettes serve as your governor, your senator, your secretary of state, your attorney general. Public.”
Republican candidates for those positions are more eager than many GOP candidates elsewhere to embrace former President Donald Trump’s false claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. They have promised to change how elections are run in this crucial swing state — something they can deliver if voters put them in charge of the state’s electoral system.
A Washington Post analysis of the candidates’ statements and actions shows A majority Republican candidates on the ballot for federal or state office — 291 in all — have denied or questioned the results of the 2020 election. In Arizona, all but one of the 13 GOP candidates have done so.
Gary Lake has called anyone who believes Joe Biden won the governor’s race by 81 million votes a “conspiracy theorist.” Blake Masters, running for Senate, declared unequivocally in an ad: “I think Trump wins in 2020.”
Lake, while pressing on a A recent ABC interview His claims of voter fraud pointed to unsubstantiated examples of ballot tampering, but allowed: “I will accept the results of this election if there is a fair, honest and transparent election. Absolutely. 100 percent.”
Mark Finchem, who identified himself as a member of the Oath Keepers militant group and was chosen as the party’s secretary of state, would have to count all votes by hand and give the Republican-led Legislature the power to reject election results. Abraham Hamadeh, the nominee for attorney general, has promised a “day of reckoning” for those who “worked to rob President Trump of a disastrous 2020 election.”
Polls suggest Tuesday’s races are all in the running.
Obama took personally the GOP’s unilateral rejection of the rules of the Democratic game.
“When Donald Trump won, I stayed up until 3 a.m. so I could give a congratulatory call to someone who opposed everything I stood for, but believed in the peaceful transfer of power,” Obama said. “I sat in on his inauguration. We welcomed him into the White House. Because that’s what America is supposed to be. Have we forgotten that? Does it only apply to one side?
The former president asked in disbelief: “What happened?”
His comments echoed comments made earlier in the day by Biden, his one-time No. 2 in the White House. The President spoke 2,000 miles away in Washington’s Union Station said Candidates who refuse to accept the outcome of Tuesday’s contests are pushing the country on a “road to chaos”.
Also confusing is the accusation leveled at Republicans by Democrats who appeared with Obama in Phoenix.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs said voters in Arizona had “a choice between sanity and confusion.” Chris Mayes, who is running for attorney general, made it clear that “our adversaries have no faith in democracy.”
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