Colorado Republicans revealed their strategy for the 2022 midterm elections in its primaries. Previously, the Mesa County clerk was central to breaking into her own election system in an attempt to fix Donald Trump’s election results. And Tina Peters (R) was indicted for it. In spite of that, she ran for Colorado secretary of state. And she lost. The people of this state elected a Trump big lie critic.
Her opponent, Republican Pam Anderson, has been “well-regarded among election professionals.” It appeared that loyalty to Trump was not necessarily the key to success. This win puts her in place to give the sitting Secretary of State Jena Griswold (R) a run in the midterms.
After her win, Anderson commented about “restoring the confidence” in her state’s elections, according to the Associated Press (AP):
‘I will continue my fight for restoring the confidence of Colorado voters against lies and the politicians or interest groups that seek to weaponize elections administration for political advantage.’
This was not a fluke. Colorado voters did not support its state’s sitting Representative Ron Hanks (R) in his run for state senator either. He was in Washington, D.C. for Trump’s January 6 rally. Instead, a man who has agreed that President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, Joe O’Dea (R) won.
But the races are still mixed with many Trump supporters winning. Greg Lopez (R) claimed he would pardon Peters should he win the gubernatorial race this fall. He will run against the sitting Governor Jared Polis (D) in November.
Peters showed up at Mar-a-Lago along with the ex-president’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who repeatedly took the Fifth to avoid incriminating questions from the House January 6 Selection Committee.
Another factor that may have affected the election results was the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. The new state Senate candidate:
‘[O’Dea (R)] is a rare Republican supporter of most abortion rights. He backs a ban on late-term abortions but said the decision earlier should be between “a mother and her God.” He will face Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November. Bennet won his toughest race in 2010 by slamming his GOP challenger for opposition to abortion rights.’
Trump endorsed Illinois State Senator Darren Bailey (R), and Democrats plowed $16 million to help him win, a controversial tactic.
Bailey won and said at his victory party:
‘Now the elites and the press say that Pritzker’s a shoo-in. They say our fate’s set, that a farmer can’t beat a billionaire. Friends, the funny thing is, these same people said we couldn’t win the primary.’
Trump supporters did well in other states:
‘ [They won in] Alabama, Indiana, Nevada, and New Mexico. In Pennsylvania.’
The Democrats may be playing a dangerous game, backing Trump big lie supporters. It could easily backfire.
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