Former US President Donald Trump (L) applauds Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano during a campaign rally in support of Mastriano and Mehmet Oz for US Senate at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on September 3, 2022. (Ph Nearly 1 in 3 Republican candidates for statewide offices that play a role in overseeing, certifying or defending elections supported overturning the results of the 2020 presidential race, according to an Associated Press review.They include contenders from one end of the country to the other, often in pivotal swing states, for positions that are the linchpins of democracy.In Michigan, Kristina Karamo, a community college professor who signed an affidavit to a lawsuit seeking to throw out President Joe Biden's win, is running to be the state's top elections official.
In Arizona, GOP candidates for the three top statewide offices all backed setting aside Biden’s victory in their state.The breadth of election denial among Republicans is a reminder of the grip that Donald Trump has on the party.
As the midterm primary season reaches its conclusion next week, Trump has wielded the power of his endorsement with great effect, lifting candidates who parrot his conspiracy theories while largely sidelining those who accepted the legitimacy of Biden's election.That's raising the stakes for the November vote, particularly for contests that play a vital role in validating election results and ensuring peaceful transfers of power.
Governors, for instance, often confirm the results of presidential elections. Most secretaries of state oversee their state's election system.