A Florida Republican took a page out of former Donald Trump’s book this week, refusing to acknowledge the congressional special election he lost by more than 59 points in one of the most Democratic counties. of the state.
Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a healthcare executive who advocates for progressive policies like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and a $1,000-a-month universal basic income, earlier this week took a beating. Republican Jason Mariner to succeed the late Representative Alcee Hastings, a Democrat who served more than 14 terms in Congress before his death last April.
Mariner, however, refused to admit defeat despite losing the race by overwhelming margin, roughly 79% to 20%.
“Now they call the race – I didn’t win, so they say, but that doesn’t mean they lost too, it doesn’t mean we lost,” Mariner said after the race was called, according to CBS Miami.
Mariner filed a lawsuit before the polls even closed, alleging problems with the ballot in Palm Beach and Broward counties.
“And we’re also going to have some stuff coming up that we’ve discovered recently,” said Mariner, without specifying what kind of “stuff” could affect the outcome of the race he lost nearly. 33,000 votes (out of 54,000 votes).
“Well, it’s not the first time I’ve played against an opponent who won’t concede, so it’s not our first, and at the end of the day nothing can stop the movement.” , she told CBS Miami.
Supervisors from election offices in Broward and Palm Beach told the agency it took 14 days to certify the results, then Mariner had 10 days to challenge them.
The candidates do not have to accept defeat legally, as evidenced by Trump’s refusal to accept his defeat for more than a year. But Trump’s campaign lies encouraged Republican candidates to follow suit and fueled unfounded suspicions about election results even as they were blown away.
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Following the 2020 election, Maryland congressional candidate Kim Klacik endorsed by Trump announced that her election was “steal” and alleges that Republican Governor Larry Hogan helped her opponent after she lost more than 40 points in the race to succeed late Representative Elijah Cummings in an overwhelmingly Democratic Baltimore county.
Similarly, Loren Culp, the Republican dominant candidate in Washington state, refused to lose to Democratic Governor Jay Inslee despite losing by more than 545,000 votes. Culp has filed a baseless lawsuit alleging fraud completely rejected by Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Culp finally dropped the case last January after State Attorney General Bob Ferguson threaten him with sanctions against frivolous ordeal.
A growing number of Republicans allied with Trump have quickly embraced electoral denialism. Adam Laxalt, a Republican US Senate candidate in Nevada, has threatened to file a lawsuit “trying to tighten the election” 14 months before any votes are made. California’s unsuccessful recall candidate, Larry Elder, launched a website declare voter fraud days before the votes were even counted.
Democrats and their supporters are increasingly worried about Republicans’ refusal to accept the will of voters, as Republican lawmakers continue to invoke doubts about the “integrity of the election.” election” – doubts they themselves have raised – as a justification for draconian imposition new election restrictions nationwide. Democrats, however, were unable to pass new national suffrage legislation, largely because Sens. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., Continuation speak out in defense of stupidity.
“Once the truth disappears,” Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe alert after Mariner’s lawsuit, “all bets are off.”
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