GOP Senate hopeful Eric Hovde questions fitness of nursing home patients to vote

Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde questioned the voting ability of some nursing home patients after he claimed their family members had no idea how they could have voted in 2020.

In an interview on Fox News’s Guy Benson Show, Hovde, a Republican, expressed skepticism over voting practices in nursing homes, pointing to their activity around the 2020 election.

“We had nursing homes, where the sheriff of Racine investigated, where you had 100% voting in nursing homes,” he said. “Well, if you’re in a nursing home, you only have a five-, six-month life expectancy. Almost nobody in a nursing home is in a point to vote. And you had children, adult children showing up saying, ‘Who voted for my 85- or 90-year-old father or mother?’”

Hovde said he does not believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen but that “very troublesome” things happened.

In a statement to the Washington Examiner, Hovde spokesman Ben Voelkel clarified that Hovde was not suggesting that elderly people should not vote, but simply raising concerns over a specific instance.

“In no manner did Eric Hovde suggest that elderly people should not vote,” Voelkel said. “He was referring to specific cases in Racine Co. where family members raised concerns about their loved ones voting.”


Hovde, a 59-year-old businessman, entered the Senate race in February, looking to unseat Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

The Wisconsin Republican has centered his campaign on economic matters. In a Friday interview with the Washington Examiner, he vowed to get the economy out of the “debt hole” if he is elected. His economic vision entails righting the country’s fiscal ship through cuts to spending and other changes.

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