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Former gubernatorial candidate, election denier and disinformation purveyor Kari Lake. | Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Former gubernatorial candidate, election denier and disinformation purveyor Kari Lake. | Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

November 16, 2022

How Election Deniers Fared in Their Midterm Races

Ask Students: What are some of the claims put forth by candidates about fraud in the 2020 elections? Where and When did some candidates claim election fraud?

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Summary

How di the candidates who spread baseless lies about the last presidential election are fare in the 2022 election?. Tammy Patrick of the non-partisan Democracy Fund joined Amna Nawaz with PBS NewsHour to discuss the results. For a transcript of this story, click here.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who does this story focus on in analyzing the 2022 midterm results?
  • What are some of the claims put forth by candidates about fraud in the 2020 elections?
  • Where and when did some candidates claim election fraud?
  • How did those candidates who claimed the 2020 elections were fraudulent or rigged do in their races?
  • Why do the losses for many election deniers represent a “turning point…in our nation’s history,” according to Tammy Patrick of the Democracy Fund?

Focus Questions

Do you think voters reacted negatively to candidates who claimed the 2020 election was stolen? Why or why not?

Media Literacy: Why do you think the producers chose to focus on this aspect of the 2022 midterms?

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