All Trump-backed candidates in key states who denied the 2020 election results while fighting for the title of the highest electoral official in their state have lost the race – a telltale sign of Donald Trump’s waning influence.
Former President Trump has focused on several key secretary of state races in which he believed an ally in a highly rated position – which serves as the state’s chief election official – would help him win when he is likely to run again in 2024.
However, the strategy of the battered former commander in chief seemed to backfire.
First of all, Republican Jim Marchant, leader of the conservative Trump support group who claims the 2020 election was stolen, lost the race for the position of Nevada Secretary of State on Saturday.
Marchant is the chairman of the Coalition of the United States First Secretary of State, formed to endorse the right-wing candidate list for the US Secretary of State election in 2022.
Marchant promised voters that if elected Trump – whom he repeatedly said won in 2020 – would become president in 2024.
“When my coalition of secretary of state candidates across the country is elected, we will fix the whole country and President Trump will be president again in 2024.” Marchant said confidently in October.
However, America First and Trump-backed candidates both fell in their races.
Republican activist Kristina Karamo lost 14 points to Michigan Democrat Jocelyn Benson, Mark Finch lost a hot race in Arizona to Democrat Adrian Fontes, and Audrey Trujillo was beaten by her progressive counterpart and incumbent Maggie Toulouse Oliver in New Mexico.
Michigan Secretary of State GOP Karamo is a college lecturer who has become the main voice in Great Lake State for refusing the election.
She has repeatedly reiterated the unsubstantiated claim that former President Trump won and united with the 2020 elections.
Finch from Arizona, who was backed by Trump and participated in the “Stop the Steal” rally, which saw Capitol Riot lose five and a half points to Fontes on January 6.
The candidate said he would not certify the results of the 2020 Arizona elections, showing that President Biden turned blue.
Trujillo conceded nearly 12 points in New Mexico and supported Trump’s efforts to overthrow the elections.
Truijillo once said in the Steve Bannon podcast: “Someone asked me, ‘How do you know Trump won New Mexico?’ and I say, “We haven’t seen Biden’s marks anywhere.”
While Republican Kim Crockett was not an America First candidate, a Trump-backed attorney also lost the race to Minnesota Secretary of State.
Trump said in October that Crockett would “get to the bottom of” “rampant” – and unfounded – North Star State electoral fraud, but lost to current Democrat Steve Simon by nine points.
In the Nevada race, Democrat Cisco Aguilar beat Marchant, winning 48.9% of the vote to 46.7% of Marchant.
Some election negators who ran for secretary of state won their races, but in states where Republicans already dominate.
Wyoming State MP Chuck Gray deftly won his race – because he ran unopposed. In Indiana, Diego Morales, an election negator and former advisor to Mike Pence, won by 14 points.
But it’s not just the secretary of state race in which swing election negators have taken a blow.
State Senator Doug Mastriano, who won the Republican primaries in Pennsylvania after winning Trump’s backing, lost the general election to Keystone Attorney General Josh Shapiro by almost 14 points.
Mastriano was a key figure in efforts to overturn the 2020 Pennsylvania election after President Biden exercised power.
“There is no one in Pennsylvania who has done more or fought more for electoral integrity than Senator Doug Mastriano,” Trump said in his support. “He exposed fraud, corruption and outright theft in the 2020 presidential election. And he will do something about it.”
Also in Pennsylvania, television doctor Mehmet Oz lost to Lt. Governor John Fetterman, who hit his opponent for denying the election results.
Arizona’s Republican Blake Masters, who lost the Senate candidacy to incumbent Democrat Mark Kelly, said in a TV ad, “I think Trump won in 2020.”
Likewise, Trump’s elected candidate for Wisconsin governor, Tim Michels, lost to current Democrat Tony Evers.