Trump has few followers as election claims grow increasingly absurd: The Note

The TAKE with Rick Klein

The claims have become more outlandish. The silence – even from former President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters – has become more visible.

It should no longer be surprising that after he or his candidate has lost an election, Trump amplifies false and easily discredited fraud allegations. He did it in 2012 when Mitt Romney lost but Trump didn’t buy him, again in early 2016 when Senator Ted Cruz beat him in the Iowa caucuses, and even after he won. the presidency but lost the popular vote.

But unlike his false claims about the 2020 election, his most recent insinuations of voter fraud are almost entirely ignored. It happened in Pennsylvania, where Trump-endorsed Mehmet Oz did not take Trump’s advice to declare victory before all votes were counted in the Senate race and a recount is underway with Oz. always in the lead.

Now comes Georgia, where Trump-backed candidates were eliminated in the most publicized competitive primaries last week. Trump circulated a blog entry on Tuesday citing as “obvious fraud” the fact that Gov. Brian Kemp won nearly 74% of the vote in the GOP primary – since “it doesn’t happen” that the candidates win so so unbalanced. (In fact, many incumbents win primaries by that margin or more.)

Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally in Casper, Wyo., May 28, 2022.

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Hardly anyone is following Trump’s lead on this. Former Sen. David Perdue conceded on election night — “we trust the people of Georgia,” he said — and the counties certified the vote count without incident on Tuesday.

Even Rep. Jody Hice, the Trump-backed election-denying candidate for secretary of state, conceded his race and called for Republican unity — even though his opponent most likely avoided a runoff solely because the Democrats crossed over and voted in the Republican primary, according to the Associated Press.

Surely one thing that makes these claims harder for some Republicans to swallow is that, for the most part, these are Republican votes that Trump is baselessly suggesting weren’t properly cast or counted.

For some Republicans and many Democrats, there may be another lesson to be learned from the primary season beyond the fact that some Trump candidates are losing. Also losing the idea that tackling non-existent voter fraud — and possibly undermining GOP participation in the process — is a winning concept for Republicans going forward.

The RUNDOWN with Alisa Wiersema

Legal developments continue to unfold against the backdrop of Pennsylvania’s Republican primary recount, which officials must complete in less than a week.

The Supreme Court has placed a temporary administrative stay on a Third Circuit ruling that undated Pennsylvania ballots must be counted in a disputed 2021 Lehigh County election, ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports. . The court’s final decision on the case could impact this year’s high-profile GOP primary between Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dave McCormick.

The order was dropped hours after a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court hearing in which representatives of the McCormick campaign argued in favor of counting undated ballots that were received by the required deadline. in this year’s primary elections, based on the Third Circuit’s decision.

PICTURED: Republican Party candidate for U.S. Senate David McCormick speaks to supporters during election night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania May 17, 2022.

Republican Party candidate for U.S. Senate David McCormick speaks to supporters during election night in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 17, 2022.

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“The date that counts is the date on which [the ballot] was received, not the date the voter indicated on the envelope,” said McCormick campaign attorney Ron Hicks.

Lawyers representing the Oz campaign and the Republican National Committee respectively argued that a decision should be put on hold until the recount is complete and undated ballots are not counted, as was the case according to state law when expressed.

In the meantime, the McCormick campaign is also asking the state’s Commonwealth Court for a manual recount in 12 counties due to discrepancies in vote counts reported by the Pennsylvania State Department and individual counties. Although it pointed to these discrepancies, the campaign does not allege vote count fraud — a stark contrast to the fallout from the 2020 general election in Pennsylvania.

“We’re going to figure out with a manual recount where any discrepancies exist, and actually have a receipt that we can trust and verify…We don’t want to lengthen the process. We don’t want to cause delays. We want voters Republican primaries know they have a winner — whether by one vote or by 1,000 votes — so we can all support the candidate and beat Fetterman in the fall,” a McCormick campaign official told reporters on Tuesday. .

The COUNCIL with Brittany Shepherd

The long process of reshuffling each state’s congressional districts is finally coming to an end. On Tuesday, the New Hampshire Supreme Court approved the final version of the state’s plans. And now, after months of map-drawing and district disputes, all 50 states have legally functioning Congressional maps in place for the upcoming midterm season and beyond.

But that doesn’t mean the boundaries are set in stone. Maps are subject to change following litigation, and several state redistricting efforts have been met with accusations of partisan gerrymandering and disenfranchisement of voters. Perhaps one of the most notable contentious fights is taking place in Florida, where, in a particularly unusual move, the state legislature enacted a map drawn by advisers to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis’ map largely reconfigured districts with a majority of black residents, including North Florida’s 5th congressional district, represented by Al Lawson, a black Democrat.

PHOTO: Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., walks down the steps of the House after the week's final votes, Feb. 28, 2020.

Rep. Al Lawson, D-Fla., walks down the steps of the House after the final votes of the week, Feb. 28, 2020.

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Voting rights advocates — and even a federal judge — have tried to thwart the governor’s card that gives Republicans a major advantage both in the state and nationally, but they were unable to. achieve a victory. Even though Democrats sued and a circuit judge filed an injunction on the card based on the idea that it “diminishes the ability of African Americans to elect candidates of their choice,” the card will remain in place pending a final court decision.

NUMBER OF THE DAY, powered by FiveThirtyEight

6. This is the number of additional Democratic-leaning seats that new cards drawn in the 2021-2022 redistricting cycle have compared to cards drawn in the last redistricting cycle, according to FiveThirtyEight’s redistricting tracker. The number of Republican-leaning seats, meanwhile, remains unchanged. Those numbers aren’t expected to move much either, as New Hampshire was the last state to approve its map on Tuesday. (Several maps are being challenged in court, but only Florida’s appears likely to be overturned before the midterm elections in November.) Learn more from the FiveThirtyEight team about what Republicans and Democrats have won in the recut cycle.


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