Leading Holocaust deniers concede defeat after challenging Trump's 2020 defeat

Leading Holocaust deniers concede defeat after challenging Trump’s 2020 defeat

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Voters in several battleground states chided the state level candidates who echoed former President Donald Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential race was rigged, barring deniers from positions with power over certification of future presidential election results.

But dozens of other candidates who have denied or questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 vote are expected to win seats in Congress.

At least 143 Republican deniers running for the U.S. House had won their races Wednesday morning, surpassing the 139 House Republicans who opposed the counting of electoral votes on January 6, 2021.

And while Democrats are expected to prevail in gubernatorial contests in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, several high-profile races remained too close to be called on Wednesday morning – including in Arizona, where Republican firebrand Kari Lake has made denial of the 2020 election results a central theme in his campaign for governor.

“Just like yesterday I wasn’t ready to say democracy was dead, I’m not ready to say this morning that the threat of election denial is completely defeated,” said Edward B. Foley, a law professor at Ohio State University. studies the American elections. “I don’t think we’re ‘out of the woods’ yet by any means.”

The mixed picture of election deniers emerged on Wednesday after a largely uneventful election day, with what experts described as normal hiccups but no systemic issues or violence. Threats of loud protests and partisan challengers determined to interfere with the process did not materialize, they said. They warned the process would go on for days and could become tense in tight competition.

Holocaust deniers win big victories, but also suffer big setbacks

Suzanne Almeida, director of state operations for Common Cause, said Tuesday night that monitors were relieved by the calm of the day.

“I am happy to report that today has been relatively calm on the political violence front,” she told reporters on Tuesday evening. “We were absolutely prepared for bigger incidents, but they just didn’t materialize.”

That relative calm extended early Wednesday to the post-election Democratic ritual of claiming victory and offering concessions.

Two years after Trump prematurely declared he had won a second term and falsely claimed widespread voter fraud, the Republican candidates he has endorsed have taken a different approach, urging their supporters to be patient until the results are clear.

In Arizona, Lake on Tuesday night attacked the “cheaters and swindlers” she said were responsible for running the election and predicted she would win. But she stopped short of declaring that she had.

“We’re going to be patient, guys,” she told a large crowd gathered in a ballroom at a resort on the outskirts of Phoenix. She added: “We will win the victory when it comes.” On Wednesday morning, Lake was following her Democratic gubernatorial rival, Katie Hobbs, with an estimate 66% of votes counted.

In Michigan, less than 20 minutes after Fox News called the race for her opponent, Republican gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon took the stage at a downtown Grand Rapids hotel on Tuesday night to declare that the race was not finished. Earlier in the race, she had refused to commit to accepting the election results.

“This race is going to be too close to announce, despite what Fox thinks,” Dixon told a crowd of supporters. “The results keep coming in. Major counties have a very, very long way to go,” she said. “We are standing until every vote is counted.”

But Wednesday morning, Dixon conceded.

“I called Governor Whitmer this morning to concede and wish him luck,” Dixon said in a statement emailed by his campaign. Dixon thanked his supporters and volunteers, saying “we failed, but we will never stop fighting for our families.”

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) said she choked with relief when Dixon conceded – not because Dixon lost, but because she endorsed the Democratic standard of recognition election results.

“One of the most important markers of a smooth and successful election is when the losing candidate graciously concedes defeat,” Benson wrote in a text message. “So to see candidates who previously denied the exact results of the 2020 election now gracefully conceding defeat in their own high-profile races tells me that we’ve really been successful in delivering a smooth and successful election in Michigan.”

Other Holocaust deniers also conceded their races after media organizations predicted they would lose, even as the votes remained to be counted.

Matthew DePerno, the Republican nominee for Michigan attorney general and a prominent figure in the national movement claiming fraudulent elections, caved Wednesday morning to incumbent Dana Nessel (D). “While I can concede to Dana Nessel today, I refuse to concede that Michigan is a blue state,” DePerno posted on Twitter. “I will continue to fight like hell to give Michigan back all it can be. Thank you to each of you!”

Tim Michels, the Republican candidate for governor of Wisconsin, had refused to rule out any attempt to “decertify” Joe Biden’s 2020 victory – something for which there is no mechanism in law. But Michels conceded to incumbent Governor Tony Evers, he told supporters on election night. “The calculations don’t match,” he said. “Wishing the Evers family good luck.”

In the closely watched Pennsylvania Senate race, widely seen as key to the Democrats’ chances of retaining control of that chamber, Trump-backed Mehmet Oz conceded on Wednesday morning in a phone call to his Democratic opponent, John Fettermann, according Fetterman’s Campaign.

However, as of Wednesday morning, there had been no concessions from Doug Mastriano, the Republican gubernatorial candidate. Several media organizations called the race for Democrat Josh Shapiro shortly after polls closed Tuesday night. Mastriano has been among the nation’s most outspoken Holocaust deniers and was on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, the day Trump supporters besieged a joint session of Congress.

“Accepting defeat means acknowledging that facts matter, that the will of voters matters, that reality-based thinking can prevail,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, an NYU history professor who studies fascism and is the author of “Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present.”

Wednesday morning, more than 165 of the 291 Holocaust deniers listed by The Post were believed to have won, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Rep. Greg Pence (Ind.), the brother of former Vice President Mike Pence. Another 40 races had not been called.

The Post identified candidates as Holocaust deniers if they directly questioned Biden’s victory, opposed Biden’s Electoral College vote count, expressed support for partisan scrutiny of the post-election ballot, signed lawsuits seeking to overturn the 2020 result, or were attending or expressing support. for the Stop the Steal rally in Washington that preceded the Capitol riot.

But the votes in the other races were still counted. Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, the MAGA freshman Republican from Colorado, was battling to retain her seat, edging out her Democratic opponent by more than 3,000 votes with 93% of the ballots counted.

In Nevada, Republican-appointed Secretary of State Jim Marchant — one of the “substitute” voters the Nevada GOP submitted to overturn Biden’s legitimate 2020 victory — was narrowly edged out by his Democratic opponent with slightly more 77% of ballots counted.

Most Holocaust deniers campaigned on a range of issues, including inflation, abortion and crime. Voters didn’t necessarily vote for or against them because of their stance on the 2020 presidential results. But the results of those races could nonetheless have lasting consequences for American democracy.

The winning candidates for Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General will take on positions with significant power to oversee US elections. Unofficial projections on Tuesday showed election deniers would make up a sizable majority in the House Republican caucus, with huge sway over who chooses the nation’s next speaker if Republicans claim control of the chamber. The president would in turn preside over the House in the 2024 election cycle, when the presidential vote could again be contested.

William Bishop, Dylan Wells, Sam Easter, Tom Hamburger, Isaac Stanley-Becker and Patrick Marley contributed to this report.


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