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Ahead Of January 6th Anniversary, Here’s How “Trump’s Elections Lies Are Taking Over Republican Senate Races”

A series of reports across the Senate battlegrounds show how “Trump’s election lies are taking over Republican Senate races,” as GOP candidates make the Big Lie a “litmus test,” attack each other over past “disloyalty and squishiness” toward Trump, refuse to say if they would have certified the 2020 election results, and even preemptively pledge litigation to challenge the results in 2022.   

See for yourself how allegiance to Trump’s Big Lie is fueling Republicans’ intra-party fighting and shaping GOP Senate campaigns:

  • In Ohio, Mandel has used January 6th to try to stand out in this crowded field, repeatedly stating “I think Trump won.” Other candidates are now following the same strategy, but that isn’t stopping their GOP primary opponents from launching a “frenzy” of attacks against Vance, Timken and Moreno over their perceived insufficient loyalty in the past to Trump and his Big Lie.

See some of the many national headlines on how the Big Lie has infected GOP Senate primaries here: Vice: Trump’s Election Lies Are Taking Over Republican Senate Races; Politico: ‘It’s spreading’: Phony election fraud conspiracies infect midterms; National Journal: Republicans suppressing their own voters in Arizona and Georgia; New York Times: Democrats See Edge in Early Senate Map as Trump Casts Big Shadow; NBC News: Trump’s stolen election lie is on the ballot in 2022, thanks to these candidates; CNN: Republican candidates back Trump’s election lies across the 2021 and 2022 maps; New York Magazine: Republicans Face New Litmus Tests in Trump Era; Washington Post: In ramp-up to 2022 midterms, Republican candidates center pitches on Trump’s false election claims; Politico: ‘Get on the team or shut up’: How Trump created an army of GOP enforcers; The Hill: Trump getting tougher for Senate GOP to ignore; Washington Post: Trump’s endorsements: revenge against enemies, rewards for friends and purveyors of election falsehoods; NBC News: One year after Jan. 6, Trump’s grip on the GOP has grown stronger. Here’s why

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