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Here’s where MAGA election deniers failed and prevailed in the midterms: report

Here’s where MAGA election deniers failed and prevailed in the midterms: report
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Here’s where MAGA election deniers failed and prevailed in the midterms: report

In the days before the 2022 midterm elections, anti-MAGA pundits ranging from MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan to “Real Time” host Bill Maher had a dire warning: If enough election deniers and “Stop the Steal” conspiracy theorists prevail on Tuesday, November 8, they will attempt a coup in the 2024 presidential election. Their message was that “democracy is on the ballot”; Maher stressed that authoritarian despots like Hungary’s Viktor Orbán and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan were voted into office and argued that their U.S. counterparts in the MAGA movement, similarly, should not be taken lightly.

The 2022 midterms, however, brought neither a gigantic red wave nor the “blue tsunami” that liberal/progressive activist and filmmaker Michael Moore was hoping for — although Moore was certainly right that the abortion issue did make a difference and benefited Democrats. As of Thursday morning, November 9, it remains to be seen which party will control Congress’ two branches in 2023, but Republicans definitely aren’t going to pick up the 40 or 50 U.S. House seats that they were fantasizing about.

“Stop the Steal” conspiracy theorists suffered a lot of losses on Election Night, including three of the MAGA gubernatorial candidates Hasan warned against: Tudor Dixon in Michigan, Doug Mastriano in Pennsylvania and Tim Michels in Wisconsin. But in her analysis for the Washington Post, published the next morning, reporter Amy Gardner pointed out that “election deniers” enjoyed their share of victories as well. One of them was far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who was reelected.

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“Among the more than 150 election deniers projected to have won by midnight: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Rep. Greg Pence (Ind.), the brother of former vice president Mike Pence,” Gardner explains. “But some of the most outspoken election deniers sustained defeat in races that had been seen as winnable for Republicans when the year began, including Doug Mastriano, who lost his bid for Pennsylvania governor. Candidates who have questioned or refused to accept President Biden’s victory — 51 percent of the 569 GOP nominees analyzed by The Washington Post, 291 in total — ran in every region of the country and in nearly every state.”

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