The Huge Lie is tearing Wisconsin’s GOP aside


State Rep. Timothy Ramthun listens to Gov. Tony Evers’ State of the State tackle in February.Andy Manis/AP

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Even when most Republicans nonetheless suppose Donald Trump was the actual winner of the 2020 presidential race, they appear, by and huge, to just accept that President Biden is now in workplace—or not less than that their alternative to decertify the election is long gone.

Not so in Wisconsin, the place some Republicans’ obsession with overturning the 2020 election continues to divide their get together, elevating fringe candidates, alienating institution ones, and threatening the state GOP’s probabilities within the upcoming midterm elections.

Take longtime State Meeting speaker Rep. Robin Vos, a Republican whom some county get together leaders have demanded resign for his alleged failure to analyze (nonexistent) voter fraud in 2020. In a radio look Friday, Vos spent practically an hour explaining that it’s too late to show again the clock on the election, the New York Times stories. “It’s unimaginable—it can not occur,” he mentioned. “I don’t know what number of instances I can say that.”

However the get together’s inside tensions may significantly endanger its hopes for the approaching gubernatorial election, by which Republicans hope to oust Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, a thorn within the facet of the GOP-led state legislature. Final weekend, conspiracy theorist and state Rep. Timothy Ramthun entered the first race with the specific objective of overturning the 2020 election (and the help of MyPillow guy Mike Lindell). However Ramthun’s presence within the major is greater than a bizarro footnote—it’s truly pushing his Republican opponents to even larger conspiratorial extremes. Again in September, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, the state GOP’s most popular candidate, acknowledged that Biden received in 2020. Final week, she started dodging the question.

Now, Republicans within the state—together with the hugely unpopular Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, up for reelection this yr—concern that the get together’s internecine preventing will grow to be the rationale it misses out on the nationwide crimson wave anticipated for November’s midterms. However Ramthun’s candidacy begs one other query: If he wins the election, will he take into account the outcomes authentic?


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