New polling shows that election deniers in Arizona, Nevada, and other states are running strong in their bids for the top office in their respective states. This is a worrying development as the country prepares for the next presidential election.
Arizona’s Republican Mark Finchem has 49% support among likely voters, compared to 45% for Democrat Adrian Fontes. In Nevada’s secretary-of-state contest, Republican Jim Marchant has 46% support from likely voters while Democrat Cisco Aguilar has 43%. Both the results are within the margins of error which means that there is no clear winner in either race.
Marchant and Finchem have stated clearly that they believe that Donald Trump stole the 2020 presidential election. However, there is no evidence to support this claim.
Finchem is pushing to “decertify” the 2020 results for Arizona. Joe Biden won this election by just over 10,000 votes. He was a major backer of the Maricopa County countback of ballots. (Despite its partisan nature, the recount confirmed that Biden had won.
Finchem was also present at the “Stop the Steal!” rally in Washington on January 6, 2021. He tweeted about the rioters, “What happens when people feel ignored and Congress refuses to acknowledge rampant fraud?” Finchem denied any involvement in the riot but has not been charged.
Finchem falsely claimed that Finchem’s “real insurrection,” which occurred one year after the riot, was the way Arizona Democrats “rigged” the election with tens of thousands of fraudulent votes.
Marchant is made from the same cloth. He has not only promoted false conspiracy theories about the 2020’s election but he also claims that the fraud dates back to much earlier.
Marchant stated that “In Nevada, as well as possibly other places across the country – they haven’t elected anyone since 2006”. They were installed by the deep-state cabal.
Marchant claimed that if he had been secretary of state in 2020, Biden’s 33.500-vote victory would not have been certified. He also claimed that it was almost statistically impossible for Joe Biden to win. Marchant unsuccessfully applied for a court order to force a recount in a 2020 congressional race that he lost (by more than 16,000 votes). He also raised concerns about his victory in the primary election for secretary-of-state earlier in the year, noting that he wasn’t “really confident” in the outcome.
Trump has endorsed both Marchant and Finchem, which is not surprising.
After the midterm elections, both of these candidates stand a 50-50 chance of becoming the top elected official in their respective states. Both Arizona and Nevada are highly regarded for being hotly contested in the 2024’s presidential race, just like they were in 2020.
It is hard to imagine either Finchem nor Marchant suddenly changing their views on fraudulent elections. This would mean that two key swing states in 2024 could have avowed election deniers in charge of the vote-counting process. This is quite a frightening prospect.