Thu. May 26th, 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) – Formerly President TrumpDonald TrumpWendy Sherman takes the lead role as Biden’s hard-nosed ‘Russian negotiator The Senate must confirm Deborah Lipstadt as anti-Semitic envoy – Now former acting secretary of defense under Trump met with the committee on January 6: report MORE stepped up his election year effort to dominate the Republican Party and held a meeting in Arizona on Saturday, throwing out anyone who dares to question his lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, including the state’s GOP governor, Doug DuceyDoug Ducey Some in the GOP start testing the party’s locked loyalty to Trump Trump beats Biden down, making unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud at the first meeting in 2022 Trump to make election demands to downtown Arizona MORE.

But 2,000 miles east of Washington, there is little sign that some Republicans are tired of the spectacle. Mike RoundsMike RoundsSome in GOP begins to test the party’s locking step loyalty to Trump Trump to make election demands to downtown Arizona Feds Brainard faces GOP’s pressure on climate attitudes MORE, the generally modest senator from South Dakota, was perhaps the boldest to acknowledge that the election was in fact fair. Instead of being avoided, he was backed by his GOP colleagues, including the Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Democrats get the right to vote ahead of Senate deliberations. Hogan will not say whether he will run for the Senate before the Feb. 22 deadline. The right to vote, Trump’s big lie and the Republicans’ problem with minorities MORE. Rounds later said the party should get “higher” to tell voters the truth about the 2020 campaign.

Meanwhile, top Republicans in Washington have committed to behind-the-scenes efforts to encourage Maryland Gov. Larry HoganLarry HoganHogan will not say whether he will run for the Senate before the February 22 deadline Some in the GOP are starting to test the party’s locked loyalty to Trump. Sunday shows preview: Democrats’ fight for the bill on the right to vote comes to a headMORE, one of Trump’s most vocal antagonists in the party, to run for a seat in the Senate. And on Saturday, Glenn YoungkinGlenn Youngkin Why our parties can not govern Some in the GOP begin testing the party’s loyalty to Trump Youngkin signs orders banning critical race theory, lifts mask mandate in Virginia public schools MORE became the first Republican since 2010 to be sworn in as Virginia’s governor after running a campaign that kept Trump at arm’s length.

Less than two months before the 2022 primary season begins, Trump remains the most popular figure among voters who will decide which Republicans will advance to the fall general election. But the latest dynamics bring new clarity to the debate that is likely to animate the GOP all year: how closely candidates should join Trump and his election lie.

“I was very encouraged by the response from a variety of senators who support the Sen. Rounds,” the former New Jersey Gov. said. Chris ChristieChris Christie Some in the GOP are starting to test the party’s loyalty to Trump. The 10 Republicans who will most likely run for president Chris Christie are trying MORE again, who has been a rare Republican who has called on the party to move away from Trump and his electoral obsession.

There is no evidence to support Trump’s claims that the election was stolen. Election officials and his own justice minister rejected the idea. Trump’s arguments have also been rejected by the courts, including judges appointed by the former president.

Yet dissent from Trump’s election lies within the GOP remains rare. From Ohio to Georgia and Arizona, candidates running for the Senate, governor and Attorney General have fully embraced Trump’s lies as they have tried to win over his support, divert his rage or win over his base. Those efforts were on full display in Arizona on Saturday night when Trump-approved candidates erroneously declared that the election had been stolen and Trump was the duly elected president.

In the short term, such positioning could help Republican candidates get to the top in primary fields that are often crowded. But there are concerns that it could hurt the party in the fall, especially among suburban voters who have become increasingly crucial in recent campaigns. The farther right the Republicans go now, the easier it can be for their Democratic rivals to portray them as extreme in a parliamentary election.

And any time candidates spend looking back is time not spent attacking President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to ‘stop being a whining party’ Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden’s ‘hard-nosed’ Russia negotiator Sullivan: ‘It’s too early to say’ whether the Texas synagogue’s hostage situation is part of a broader extremist threat MORE, which is seen as particularly vulnerable due to rising inflation and coronavirus cases.

“It’s one of the issues that is the epitome of popular in a primary and unpopular in a general,” said Chris DeRose, a Republican attorney and former attorney at the Arizona Maricopa County Supreme Court.

He said candidates who often privately acknowledge that the election was fair clearly woo the former president by expressing skepticism about the 2020 election.

“Donald Trump is clearly the most coveted support among Republican candidates,” he said. “It can make all the difference in a Republican primary.”

John ShimkusJohn Mondy Shimkus Some in the GOP are starting to test the party’s locked loyalty to Trump. Davis passes bid for governor of Illinois, stands for re-election to House GOP winner in return for Congressional Baseball Game MORE, a Republican and former Illinois congressman, said it was easy for “armchair quarterbacks” who are not on the ballot to judge candidates who do what they can to win their primary election.

“All races will be fought by Trump and highlighted on Fox. So these candidates have to be very, very careful. They have to win the primary to win the general,” he said.

However, the risk is clear in Arizona’s Senate race. In a year that favors Republicans, the state should be a relatively achievable pickup, and some in the party are eager for Ducey to join the race against the Democratic incumbent. Mark KellyMark Kelly. Some in the GOP start testing the party’s loyalty to Trump We are the US independent entrepreneurs and we are terrified Overnight Energy & Environment – Lummis stops Biden EPA chooses MORE. But Trump’s repeated attacks on Ducey, who has refused to support election conspiracies, could make it difficult for him to succeed in a GOP primary.

Before his trip, Trump, who continues to tease yet another line-up for the 2024 presidential election, issued a statement saying he would never support Ducey. And he continued to rage against him at the meeting, which was dominated by his complaints about the election held more than 14 months ago.

“He’s a disaster,” Trump said. “Ducey has been a terrible, terrible representative of your state.”

No matter what Republicans show up at the top in Arizona and other critical races, they will have to convince voters that they should participate in an election system that Trump has spent years mocking as fake.

Many Republicans still blame Trump for the party’s loss of Georgia’s two elections to the Senate in 2021, claiming he lowered turnout by undermining confidence in the voting system and denying them control of the Senate. (Trump has argued that further investigation is the only way to instill confidence in future elections.)

“Trump still has this great voice and influence, and far too many candidates fear his anger,” he said Charlie DentCharles (Charlie) Dent again. Some in the GOP are starting to test the party’s locked loyalty to Trump Tuesday’s election results raise questions about the Biden agenda. Note: Never Trumpers sinks into gloom while Gonzalez bends MORE, a former Republican congressman from Pennsylvania and Trump critic. “We know that Donald Trump will use his megaphone to condemn those who do not buy his lies and his false narrative of the 2020 election. So these candidates are in a pinch: If they tell the truth, they risk losing their primary election and incur Trump’s anger, and if they agree and agree to this nonsense, they risk alienating a lot of voters. “

Still, DeRose said he is not worried the issue will lower voter turnout, despite what happened in Georgia.

“The Republican base is quite enthusiastic,” he said, predicting turnout at the level of 2010, when Republicans made historic progress in Parliament. With rising inflation, persistent criticism of Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, he said: “This country is not doing well and I think you will see this huge setback.”

Others disagreed. Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean Comstock. Some in the GOP are starting to test the party’s loyalty to Trump. The note: Never Trumpers sinks into gloom while Gonzalez bends out. Preview of Sunday shows: States handle fallout from Ida; Texas abortion law comes into force MORE, a Trump critic and former GOP congresswoman from Virginia, warned that Republicans risked nominating fringe candidates who would continue to lose in the general.

“Republicans feel like they’re going to win no matter who’s on the ticket. And I do not agree with that thesis,” she said, pointing to Ohio, where Senate candidates have desperately tried to outcompete each other. “I think you really take a chance on blowing reliable runs.”

Nevertheless, Trump remained fixated on the issue Saturday in Florence, Arizona, a Republican stronghold about 70 miles southeast of Phoenix. That’s the first of what aides say will be a faster pace of Trump events in the coming months. Trump on Friday announced another demonstration later in January in Texas, with the March 1 primary formally heralding the midterm campaign.

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Associated Press writer Stephen Groves of Pierre, South Dakota, contributed to this report

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