The election deniers’ guide to the midterm races


Election deniers are running for key offices across the country in the Nov. 8 midterms. And some of them will win.

Dozens of Republicans running for governor, secretary of state or US senator in 2022 have joined former President Donald Trump in rejecting or questioning the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. 2020 results.

The presence of so many 2020 deniers in the 2022 races presents a challenge to American democracy. The winners could play a major role in shaping the elections of 2024 and beyond.

The secretary of state is often the state’s chief election official, responsible for not only administering the voter database, but also for certifying the results. Governors are also involved in verifying results, and have considerable power to shape election rules through legislation and executive action. And while U.S. senators typically play a smaller role in elections, they can oppose securing electoral votes in presidential elections, propose and vote on federal election legislation, and influence public perception through hearings, interviews, and sometimes subpoenas.

CNN has gathered information about the candidates for these three positions who are denying the results of the 2020 election. You can find detailed breakdowns in the links below.

  • Secretary of State: At least 11 of the 27 Republican candidates have tried to invalidate, ignore or question the 2020 results.
  • Governor: At least 22 of the 36 Republican candidates have tried to invalidate, reject, question or refuse to accept the 2020 results.
  • US Senate: At least 19 of the 35 Republican candidates have tried to invalidate, ignore, question or deny the 2020 results.