Without Trump on the ballot, copies of the Republican leader multiply


Most Republican candidates in the November 8 midterm elections do not believe the validity of the 2020 presidential results. Paulina Luna, for example, a favorite in the race for one of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, assures that the software used to count votes “favoured” Democrat Joe Biden.

Mark Finchem, Arizona’s candidate for secretary of state, a member of the local government responsible for overseeing the election process, vows to fight for legislation that would allow the state congress to overrule any “suspicious” suffrage.

Most Republican candidates in the November 8 midterm elections do not believe the validity of the 2020 presidential results. Paulina Luna, for example, a favorite in the race for one of the 435 seats in the House of Representatives, assures that the software used to count votes “favoured” Democrat Joe Biden.

Mark Finchem, Arizona’s candidate for secretary of state, a member of the local government responsible for overseeing the election process, vows to fight for legislation that would allow the state congress to overrule any “suspicious” suffrage.

About two years ago, Finchem defended this, suggesting the annulment of the votes of Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous, claiming that ballots from China would have been counted in Biden’s favor. The courts did not give him reason, much less an audit promoted by a group related to Donald Trump, the “Cyber ​​Ninja”, which, for several weeks, investigated “traces of Chinese bamboo in printed material”.

Finally, Doug Mastriano, the candidate for governor of Pennsylvania who believes in the thesis of the “great fraud of 2020”, adding that the invasion of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 was a “march of patriots”. Mastriano knows what he’s talking about, as he participated in it, evading justice until today, which, in recent months, has tried and sentenced several of those “patriots”, some of them accused of the crime of sedition, to prison.

In total, it is estimated that close to 300 politicians involved in the movement created by Donald Trump, who, for now, are part of the Republican Party, propagate theories of that kind. More than two-thirds are favorites, which could create a network of conspirators rooted in the bureaucracy of each of the 50 states.

The races in question, which will decide, above all, part of the future governors and the new cast of the House of Representatives and the Senate, will have an impact on the way in which future presidential elections are supervised. “As always, little attention is paid to interims,” Andrew Smith, professor of political science at the University of New Hamphire, tells the Express. “Presidential ones are always more appealing. However, I believe these will be the most important midterms since 1994 (a cycle in which the Republican Party won a majority in Congress after 40 years in opposition). Regardless of a Republican victory or defeat, one thing is certain: the health of the Republican Party and the health of American democracy will deteriorate.”

By tradition, the party that supports the president loses the midterms. Polls that point to a conservative victory reinforce the idea that the trend will continue.

Nothing seems to reverse the course of the campaign

With the economy on the verge of an emergency landing to avoid an even more destructive inflation cycle, something that is likely to precipitate a recession, the White House’s argument that it needs to keep legislative power in Democratic hands is weakened.

Even if it points to achievements, such as the infrastructure plan and the program to combat climate change, with a total value of almost 1.5 billion dollars (1.53 billion euros). In addition, the unemployment rate stands at 3.5%, part of the student debt will be forgiven and the middle class, in general, pays less taxes. However, nothing seems to reverse the predictable course of the campaign.

“The victory may not be so overwhelming given the Supreme Court’s decision to abolish the constitutional right to abort. The female vote will be mobilized, but in an interim context, this should not be enough”, says Richard Fording, professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama.

Yesterday, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, announced a pardon for all crimes associated with the possession of Marijuana, which, under federal law, receives a classification equal to that of heroin or LSD.

Immediately, the republican opposition accused the rivals of electoralism, since the measure has strong support among the young electorate. This morning, the Council Research Institute revealed a study that points to an increase in voter turnout for that segment of the population.

According to the survey, 59% of Americans aged between 18 and 29 say they will vote in November, something that, if confirmed, reveals a 23% increase compared to 2018.

The growing involvement of young people in the electoral process is one of the main trends in American politics. In 2014, only 20% voted in the midterms.


Source: Expresso by expresso.pt.

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