Conservative Groups Underperformed In School Board Elections

Conservative groups that tried to get hundreds of "parents’ rights" candidates elected to local school boards in the midterm elections largely fell short, winning in Republican strongholds but failing to the groundswell of support from moderate voters across the country.

At a glance

  • The group were attempt to ride the wave of discontent among parents in recents months over such issues as school’s COVID lockdowns, curriculum, gender-related issues and what they considered a lack of transparency among school boards on such issues.
  • As a result, nonpartisan, local school boards became fiercely political.
  • Candidates ran in opposition to what they considered “woke” ideology in public schools.
  • The 1776 Project PAC steered millions of dollars into local school races this year amid predictions of a red wave. But on Tuesday, just a third of its roughly 50 candidates won.

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