Some Republican candidates who have denied or refused to affirm the results of the 2020 election will be elected as state elections chief, CNN projects — though others will be defeated.
Here are three Republican secretary of state winners CNN has projected so far:
- Alabama: State Rep. Wes Allen, who endorsed the Texas-led legal effort to get the Supreme Court to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.
- Indiana: Diego Morales, a former Mike Pence aide who wrote an article during the 2022 primary in which he falsely called the 2020 election a “scam” and wrongly said “the outcome is questionable.”
- South Dakota: Monae Johnson, who repeatedly refused in an October 2022 interview to say that she accepted that Biden won the 2020 election legitimately.
In addition, Republican candidate Chuck Gray of Wyoming ran unopposed for secretary of state in the general election after winning the Republican primary.
Here are five election deniers CNN projects will lose their 2022 races:
- Massachusetts: Rayla Campbell, who falsely claimed Donald Trump was the real winner of a “stolen” 2020 election.
- Minnesota: Kim Crockett, who baselessly said Minnesota’s 2020 election was “lawless” and that she agreed with an interviewer who called it “illegitimate.”
- New Mexico: Audrey Trujillo, who also falsely claimed the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump.
- Vermont: H. Brooke Paige, another candidate who falsely claimed the left “stole” the election.
- Michigan: Kristina Karamo, who also falsely claimed in a social media video in December 2020 “Donald Trump won Michigan.”
CNN found that at least 12 Republican candidates for secretary of state have questioned, rejected or tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election. CNN had not yet projected the other races as of midnight ET on Wednesday morning.