A Lot Of Far-Right Candidates Got Walloped In This Week’s GOP Primaries

by | Jun 30, 2022 | Politics

The Republican Party’s far-right lurch over the past several years is unmistakable. Its last standard-bearer instigated a coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol, and nearly the entire party is celebrating the Supreme Court’s rollback of the constitutional right to abortion. As the party has grown more hostile to democracy itself, it’s attracted a slew of outright extremists to its ranks: GOP candidates who not only support what happened on Jan. 6, but suggest another insurrection may come. They openly traffic in wild conspiracies and racist attacks, and are unafraid to publicly align with white nationalist and other extremist groups.AdvertisementAnd while they may, like the birthers before them, ultimately hold sway over the party, one thing is clear after Tuesday’s primary: They had a pretty bad night. Far-right newcomers in several Republican primaries were roundly defeated across the country, though most far-right incumbents, like Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.), claimed victories. On the ballot in several states Tuesday — including Colorado, Illinois, Oklahoma, Utah and Mississippi — were candidates trying to unseat fellow Republicans they’d deemed too moderate, or RINOs (Republicans In Name Only). These challengers painted themselves as more loyal servants of former President Donald Trump, embracing his false claim that the 2020 election was stolen and staking out far-right positions on abortion, elections and COVID-19.This proved to be a losing strategy in Colorado, where a trio of candidates, all of whom pushed the “Big Lie” about the 2020 election, lost their races. AdvertisementGreg Lopez — a former mayor who thinks all abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is at risk — lost his bid to be the Republican nominee for governor by 8 points to a more moderate candidate. Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump fanatic currently facing a slew of charges for tampering with voting machines, lost her race to be Colorado’s next secretary of state. And U.S. Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Colo.), who rallied with Trump supporters on Jan. 6 and falsely blamed the ensuing violence on crisis actors, was defeated by 9 points in the U.S. Senate primary. Rep. Ron Hanks lost his bid to be the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Colorado.Hyoung Chang/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty ImagesFar-right insurgents in Utah faced similar troubles. Christopher Herrod was trounced by incumbent U.S. Rep. John Curtis, losing by over 40 points, after c …

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