Election fraud claims caused by losing GOP candidates for the November midterms

Republican candidates in states across the country that lose their elections claim they lost because of voter fraud, despite the lack of evidence in their favor.

Ever since former President Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election and promoted “The Big Lie,” leading to the January 6 U.S. Capitol uprising, candidates have consistently promoted the false claim that Democrats and allies stole the election. Once they lost, they made the same claim about their own elections.

So far, candidates in Georgia, Colorado, South Carolina and Nevada claim they did not lose their elections after losing their elections. There is no evidence that mass voter fraud has taken place in any of these cases.

One of those candidates for governor of Georgia, Kandiss Taylor, lost to incumbent Brian Kemp. While his main opponent, Trump-backed David Perdue, admitted defeat, Taylor took a different approach after winning just 3.4% of the vote, according to NPR.

“I’m not giving in,” she told her followers in a video. “If the people who did this and cheated look on, I won’t give in, and the people of Georgia won’t let me.”

“I want you to feel a justified anger for justice in your gut,” she continued. “Everyone who contributed to this crime, to this mockery…I want you to pray that they feel so guilty for coming forward.”

GOP candidate for Colorado Secretary of State Tina Peters also refused to give in on Tuesday after losing her primary by 15 points to winner Pam Anderson, a local election official. According to Rolling Stone, Peters himself is a clerk of Mesa County Co. who has been indicted by a grand jury for attempting to break the technology of the voting system.

After her loss on Tuesday, she accused election officials of cheating.

“Looking at the results, it’s so clear it needs to be turned around. It’s not over yet,” she said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.

Nevada GOP gubernatorial candidate Joey Gilbert came in second and also refused to budge. He said it was “impossible for me to give in under these circumstances”. It’s unclear what circumstance he was referring to, though he lost 11 percentage points and will spend nearly $200,000 looking for evidence of voter fraud.

Two South Carolina GOP candidates, including Harrison Musselwhite for governor and Lauren Martel for attorney general, both lost their elections by double digits. They then sent letters to state officials claiming that voters had committed widespread fraud.

Candidates may claim fraud so they can “raise money for these challenges” [that] often don’t cost much because there’s nothing for them, and they can use that money in future cycles,” Matthew Weil of the Bipartisan Policy Center told NPR.

Tina Peters, the Mesa County, Colorado, clerk indicted on multiple felonies due to an election security breach, poses in a photo of a Grand Junction prison booking Tina Peters, the Mesa County, Colorado, clerk indicted on multiple felonies over an election security breach, poses in a photo of a prison booking in Grand Junction, Colorado, USA March 9, 2022. Mesa County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via REUTERS. Photo: Reuters/MESA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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