Republican candidates across the country are refusing to recognize Biden’s rightful victory
Both approaches are dishonest. And both are evidence of a disturbing fact about the state of the Republican Party: you will find it very difficult to win a 2022 primary if you choose to openly recognize the truth of Biden’s fair victory.
Even the candidates who know the truth can read the polls. Polls have consistently shown that a large majority of Republicans will not admit that American voters actually voted Biden over Trump.
“Republicans deeply value this. And if you’re a candidate you almost have to say that you don’t believe he was legally elected,” said Mitchell. Speaking to Republican voters, “Logic just doesn’t work,” he said: “They’re still so angry that reason doesn’t prevail. You can’t convince them.”
Little room for disagreement
So Trump’s ongoing obsession with the 2020 election gives ambitious candidates less leeway to tell the truth about the election itself.
The ‘Finesse’ route
Mitchell, the Michigan Republican pollster, said Republican primary candidates could try “refining” the 2020 election theme to be close to the center for a general election – avoiding lies but still speaking the party’s language base.
He said Republican candidates could say there were “irregularities” in the vote in 2020 – fact check note: There is no evidence of irregularities substantial enough to affect the outcome in any state – and can pan into the future by addressing the importance of “electoral integrity” measures.
CNN conducted an informal poll for this article, interviewing an unscientific sample of 34 Republican congressional and gubernatorial campaigns across the country – in Ohio, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Texas, and Georgia – to ask them if they were the Opinions are Biden was the legitimate winner. Only seven replied that none of them were among the front runners in their respective races. Of those seven, only two said Biden was the legitimate winner.
“These people are masterminds, and they deceived, sunk and killed the American Republican Party,” he said.