GOP secretary of state nominees skeptical of 2020 elections having mixed midterm success

Three Trump-endorsed candidates are on the path to becoming secretaries of state.

Published: November 9, 2022 9:29am

Updated: November 9, 2022 12:02pm

Republican nominees who were skeptical of the 2020 presidential election results are showing mixed results in their midterm election bids.

Three candidates endorsed by former President Trump as of late Wednesday morning were either ahead or had won their races, including one who won by default.

However, Trump's choices in four states have either lost or appear to be losing to Democrat rivals for the post that oversees states' election processes.

In Michigan, the Associated Press called the secretary of state's race for Democratic incumbent Jocelyn Benson, who won 55.4% of the vote againstĀ Republican Kristina Karamo, who received 42.4% of the vote.

Minnesota Republican Kim Crockett lost her secretary of state's race against Democrat Steve Simon by 9 percentage points, according to the wire service.

While the secretary of state's race in Arizona has yet to be called, Democrat Adrian Fontes is ahead of Republican Mark Finchem, at 52.4%-47.6% with two-thirds of ballots counted.

Trump's pick for Georgia's secretary of state, Jody Hice, lost his primary and incumbent Republican Brad Raffensperger, who pushed back against the former president's claims of election fraud, won his race on Tuesday by 53.3% over Democrat state Rep. Bee Nguyen.

Nevada may still go in favor of the GOP, as Republican Jim Marchant is just over one point ahead of Democrat Francisco Aguilar in the secretary of state's race with 72% of ballots counted.

Trump's endorsement may have helped Ohio's incumbent Republican secretary of state, Frank LaRose, who won his election by a landslide with 59.5% of votes to Democratic challenger Chelsea Clark's 39.4%.

In Wyoming, Trump-endorsed Republican Chuck Gray secured his position as secretary of state after running unopposed.

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