US election deniers routed as Republicans rue lack of ‘red wave’

The poor performance of Republican candidates in the midterm elections in the United States has prompted a new round of accusations within the GOP, as more moderate members have accused Donald Trump and his fellow Holocaust deniers of jeopardizing the fortunes of the party .

On Sunday, control of the U.S. House of Representatives was still up for grabs, with Republicans set to maintain the narrowest of house majorities, but with many races undecided.

However, the results showed voters in the swing state overwhelmingly rejected presidential candidates who denied the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential victory – a blow to Donald Trump, who had defended them and should announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election next week.

On Sunday, Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, accused Trump of costing his party control of Congress.

“It should have been a huge red [Republican] vague . . . More than 70% of people thought the country was going in the wrong direction. And yet we still haven’t played,” Hogan, a Trump critic, told CNN’s State of the Union.

“People who tried to relaunch the 2020 election and focused on conspiracy theories and talking about things voters didn’t care about, they were almost universally dismissed. And I think this is basically the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race,” Hogan said.

Chris Sununu, the Republican governor of New Hampshire, echoed Hogan’s concern.

“There’s a sense of extremism that a lot of Republicans have been painted with — rightly or not,” Sununu told ABC. “It was a rejection of that extremism.”

Of eight candidates for Secretary of State who denied the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s 2020 victory, only two won their races: Chuck Gray in Wyoming, who ran unopposed, and Diego Morales in the ‘Idaho, which backtracked on some of its election denial positions ahead of the vote.

All but one of the America First Secretary of State coalition members, a group of Republican candidates tied to the QAnon conspiracy theory who denied the 2020 election result, lost to their Democratic opponents.

Election deniers still hope to secure the governor’s mansion in Arizona, where Trump ally Kari Lake is locked in a close competition with Democrat Katie Hobbs. However, two other Trump allies – US Senate candidate Blake Masters and Jan. 6 riot participant Mark Finchem, the Republican secretary of state nominee and co-founder of the group America First, were defeated.

On Saturday, Trump tried to cast doubt on the veracity of the vote in Arizona and Nevada, alleging without evidence on Truth Social, his social media platform, that Democrats were “finding all kinds of votes” in both states. The former president demanded that a new election be held “immediately” in Arizona.

Finchem refused to concede her run, while Lake also did not commit to concede if she lost hers. Prior to the vote, Lake said the only way she could lose the vote was to “rig” it.

Not all Republicans outright reject Trump or blame him for Republicans’ worse-than-expected performance.

However, even some of Trump’s former allies have taken subtle action against the ex-president, a sign that some Republican rivals may try to take on Trump in the primary, should he decide to run as expected.

On Sunday, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, a Trump ally considered a potential GOP presidential contender, said the party does not have a “single leader” when asked if Trump should be considered his chief.

Cotton said while the midterm vote wasn’t “a complete disappointment,” Republicans needed to do a better job of sticking to policy issues that voters care about.

“We need to focus on accomplishments and serious substantive issues,” Cotton said.

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