Republicans Fearful of Trump Supporters

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Worries are increasing among Republicans that the Trump-backed candidates who were unsuccessful in the 2022 midterm elections could potentially try again in 2024, which might end up costing the GOP their chance at winning Washington back.

In November 2022, Kari Lake ran in the Arizona gubernatorial election against Gov. Katie Hobbs (D). Now, it appears that Lake is considering placing a bid on Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (I-Ariz.) seat, while Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano (R) is debating whether he should again consider running against Bob Casey (D-Pa.).

These are not the only two Trump allies and loyalists who might be returning to the election races in 2024. Republican Joe Kent is planning a rematch against Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.) following his slim defeat in 2022; J.R. Majewski is considering another challenge against Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio); and Bo Hines has already joined the race for a North Carolina House seat that he had lost during the midterm elections.

A Republican strategist said that there are some people who simply do not “go away.” They argued that “they’re nobodies, they don’t matter’ — they need a reality check.”

Lake, Mastriano, and some other candidates have also questioned the accuracy of the election results while at the same time supporting Trump’s baseless claim regarding the 2020 presidential election being stolen.

This is particularly concerning as some GOP members have claimed that it was the quality of the candidates that affected the party’s results when it came to both not winning the upper chamber and only having a slim win in the lower chamber.

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