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They legitimized the myth of a stolen election and reaped the rewards.

Exasperated, Mr. Rice put down the iPad. “Listen to what this asshole says. This is what I was running against!” He described gasps of disbelief at a campaign stop at the same country club when he matter-of-factly declared that Trump had lost the election. “It was painful.”

In July, he lost this primary after receiving less than a quarter of the vote. In the 2020 general election, she had been victorious with 62 percent.

In an interview, Meijer, who also voted for impeachment and lost his primary, said he was surprised Republicans hadn’t suffered a backlash from voters over the Jan. 6 objections and riots. He argued that the Biden administration’s leftward lean had pushed voters toward Trump, citing executive orders that expanded the White House’s authority to impose vaccination mandates, an eviction moratorium and cancellation of student debt.

“These massive uses of executive power,” he said, “make people feel that if you’re not with us on the brake pedal, then you’re de facto helping the Democratic majority put on the gas.”

Duplicate objectors have prospered.

Mr. Budd of North Carolina signaled his support for Mr. Trump’s fraud claims in the weeks after the election by introducing the Anti-Voter Fraud Act. As a Republican Senate candidate, hey Heated a Trump rally this spring accusing Democrats of opposing “electoral integrity” because “they know they can’t win elections with a wake-up leftist agenda.” (A spokesman for Mr. Budd said he had begun pushing for stricter voter registration requirements well before the 2020 election, pointing to his state’s experience of a major voter fraud scandal in 2018.)

In Oklahoma, Mullin stood out from the pack of Republican Senate candidates by introducing a bill to officially scrap Trump’s second impeachment trial. He blamed impeachment Democratic leaders for not noticing the “unusual voting patterns” and “voting anomalies of the 2020 presidential election,” or for not understanding why Republicans doubted Trump “hadn’t won re-election.” “. the resolution, co-sponsored by more than 30 lawmakers, did not advance, but won favor with the former president. In July, Mr. Trump officially backed up Mr Mullin.

Mr. Mullin, a ranch owner, spent a hot Saturday later that month campaigning among his fellow ranchers at his annual conference in Norman, Oklahoma. One attendee, Joel Reimer, applauded him for taking a stand against the Electoral College count knowing many would ridicule him for buying into conspiracy theories. Mr. Reimer, who runs a beef ranch, added: “From a small-town man’s perspective, he personally had doubts about the validity of the vote.”

The campaign handed out flyers declaring “no one in Congress has worked harder to SAVE AMERICA” and proclaiming Mr. Mullin “TRUMP-TOUGH.” At the top of a checklist of priorities was the party’s new refrain: “Secure our elections.”

Reporting was contributed by Amudalat Ajasa, Michael H. Keller, Aimee Ortiz, Rachel Shorey, and Julie Tate. Produced by Sean Catangui and Hang Do Thi Duc.

The Times relied on data from multiple sources to analyze the 139 objects, including from the A-Mark Foundation, Ticketpedia, cq, Cook’s Political Report, kos daily, L2 other LegiStorm. Data analysis was also contributed by Andrew Beveridge and Susan Weber of SocialExplorer.com.


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