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Tracking which 2020 election deniers are winning, losing in the midterms


Last updated: 11:56 a.m. ET

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More than 170 election deniers on the ballot for the U.S. House, Senate and key statewide offices have been projected to win their elections. The majority of Republican nominees on the ballot on Nov. 8 — 291 in all — had denied or questioned the outcome of the last presidential election, according to a Washington Post analysis.

More than 100 so far were projected to lose, and these denier candidates fared especially poorly in the most competitive races. Less than 10 races remained uncalled as vote counting continued.

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Candidates who deny the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election secured GOP nominations for a number of state offices where they would gain authority over the voting process in 2024 battleground states. So far none of these candidates have won, with the race for Arizona’s attorney general not yet called.

Where election deniers could have a role in certification in 2024 battlegrounds

Candidates who have challenged or refused to accept President Biden’s victory — 51 percent of the 569 analyzed by The Post — ran in every region of the country and in nearly every state. Republican voters in two states nominated election deniers in all federal and statewide races The Post examined.

Despite losses in key races, most of the election deniers nominated have won. But in races rated as competitive, their results have generally been poor.

How election deniers are faring

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About this story

The Post has identified candidates as election deniers if they questioned Biden’s victory, opposed the counting of Biden’s electoral college votes, expressed support for a partisan post-election ballot review, signed onto a lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2020 result, or attended or expressed support for the rally on the day of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Read more about where Republican election deniers are on the ballot near you.

The lean of the state or the district was determined using Cook Political Report ratings, when available. The Cook Partisan Voter Index (PVI) has been used to determine the lean for those races where Cook ratings were not available. Cook’s solid and likely categories are grouped as safe districts or states. Cook’s lean and toss-up categories are shown as competitive races here. Alaska uses a ranked-choice voting system, so multiple Republicans made the general election ballot.

Photos from AP, Getty, Washington Post photographers and official government websites. Photos of Steve Marshall and Kay Ivey by the Montgomery Advertiser. Photo of Katie Britt by Butch Dill. Photo of Kristina Karamo by Detroit Free Press.

Reporting by Daniel Wolfe, Adrian Blanco, Amy Gardner and Nick Kirkpatrick. Editing by Kevin Uhrmacher, Reuben Fischer-Baum, Madison Walls and Griff Witte. Design and development by Adrian Blanco, Daniel Wolfe, Tyler Remmel, Kevin Schaul, Anna Lefkowitz and Lucy Naland. Election data work by Jen Haskell. Additional engineering contributions by Shajia Abidi, Alexis Barnes, Jason Bernert, Dana Cassidy, Tyler Fisher, Holden Foreman, Dylan Freedman, Chloe Langston, Brittany Renee Mayes and Anthony Pesce. Photo editing by Christine Nguyen and Natalia Jimenez. Copy editing by Thomas Heleba. Additional contributions by Wendy Galietta, Candace Mitchell and Bryan Flaherty.

Alexander Fernandez, Hayden Godfrey, Solène Guarinos, Eva Herscowitz, Audrey Hill, Audrey Morales, Lalini Pedris, Alexandra Rivera and Ron Simon III with the American University-Washington Post practicum program and Vanessa Montalbano, Tobi Raji and John Sullivan contributed to this report.