Right-wing fringe candidates taking a page from Trump playbook after their own election losses

It wouldn’t have been hard to predict that, in the wake of Trump pushing his electoral fraud lies since the 2020 election, his followers would follow suit when they lost their own elections:

When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp overwhelmingly won the Republican primary in Georgia on May 24, his chief opponent former Sen. David Perdue was quick to admit it was over.

“Everything I said about Brian Kemp was true, but here’s the other thing I said was true: he is a much better choice than Stacey Abrams,” he said shortly after polls closed, referring to the matchup this fall between Kemp and Democrat Abrams. “And so we are going to get behind our governor.”

But another one of his opponents felt something was off.

“I want y’all to know that I do not concede,” Kandiss Taylor said in a video posted to social media. “I do not. And if the people who did this and cheated are watching, I do not concede.”

Kemp won Georgia’s primary with about 74% of the vote. Perdue, who had the backing of former President Donald Trump, earned about 22% of the vote.

And Taylor? Just 3.4%.

Taylor is a fringe, far-right figure in Georgia with a history of making false claims about the 2020 election, voting machines and how elections are run. In the days following her defeat, Taylor has asked followers to sign affidavits stating they voted for her to prove she won the election — despite no evidence the vote totals are incorrect and with the deadline to challenge an election already passed.

Taylor is not an outlier, but rather an indicator of a new crop of candidates who insist they won their elections, facts be damned.

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