Insurrection-linked GOP candidates have had mixed results so far in primaries

The folks over the Open Secrets have an interesting piece up about the successes and failures of GOP candidates who have been linked to either the Jan. 6 insurrection, a refusal to accept the 2020 presidential election results — or both:

While dozens of state and federal candidates who traveled to Washington, D.C. for demonstrations on the day of the the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol have achieved fundraising success, they face mixed outcomes in their states’ primaries.

OpenSecrets has linked at least 32 candidates for federal and state office in 2022 to demonstrations in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6 by examining social media posts, public statements and outside reporting as well as lists from POLITICO and Axios.

Two of the candidates face charges related to the violence on Jan. 6 — Mark Middleton, who mounted an unsuccessful bid for the Texas state legislature, and Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley, Both Middleton and Kelley were arrested on multiple charges including physical violence and entering a restrictive area.

Many of the candidates linked to Jan. 6 claim they left before the crowd grew violent.

It remains to be seen whether voters turn away from candidates associated with Jan. 6, especially as the Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 Attack on the United States Capitol reveals what it has learned. The hodgepodge group of political newcomers and incumbents attracted millions in political contributions and outside spending but has seen mixed results in primary elections.

You can read the article — a mix of good and bad news — here.

As far as which of these loony candidates to watch next, see the graphic from Open Secrets below.

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