No denying it: How did election deniers do in the midterm elections

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No denying it: How did election deniers do in the midterm elections

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While the midterm elections saw several candidates who have challenged or denied the results of the 2020 presidential election win races, 20 out of the 24 candidates in competitive races that have been called so far have gone against election deniers.

The compiled list of “election deniers” from the Washington Post shows that a total of 164 out of 291 candidates have won their races, with several races remaining in progress.


Of the outstanding races, there are several high-profile races in Arizona featuring candidates who have alleged widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election, including Kari Lake (R-AZ) in the gubernatorial race and Mark Finchem (R-AZ) in the secretary of state race.

Lake, who has made alleged fraud in the last presidential election a key part of her campaign, spoke out after problems occurred at various polling locations in Maricopa County, Arizona, calling them an “embarrassment.”

In races rated as favoring the GOP candidates, 10 of the 171 races have yet to be called, with three candidates losing based on the latest numbers. Of the three candidates, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is the most high-profile candidate at severe risk of losing.


The few victories by election deniers in competitive races come as the GOP is reeling from a disappointing night that did not show a “red wave” as many in the party had hoped.

On the Democratic side, gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D-GA) lost to Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA). Abrams has previously alleged that voter suppression was the reason she lost her 2018 gubernatorial race against Kemp, but she conceded the rematch Tuesday night.

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