Democrats’ Risky Midterm Strategy To Elevate Election Deniers Pays Off

DALLAS, TEXAS - AUGUST 06: Republican nominee for Arizona governor Kari Lake speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. CPAC began in 1974, and is a conference that brings together and hosts conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders in discussing current events and future political agendas. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A risky Democratic strategy to spend millions of dollars on elevating some far-right Republican candidates appeared to pay off on Wednesday, as Democratic nominees defeated them in several races across the country.
  • Critics within the Democratic Party had warned that ad campaigns backing candidates who echo former President Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen 2020 election could help elect the very people Democrats were telling Americans posed a serious threat to democracy.
  • But supporters of the controversial move reckoned that boosting these candidates over more moderate Republicans in their party’s pre-election nominating contests, or primaries, would make their opponents easier to beat on Election Day.

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