WHAT THEY’RE SAYING: Election Conspiracy Theories Take Center Stage of Marchant Campaign in GOP Senate Primary

AP: Election denier Jim Marchant running for US Senate in Nevada
CNN: Trump ally Jim Marchant announces bid for Nevada Senate seat

MAGA extremist Jim Marchant launched his campaign for Senate in Nevada yesterday, and his dangerous election conspiracy theories are already taking center stage – and setting up what’s sure to be a bruising GOP primary. 

Read what outlets across the country are saying about Marchant’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election and undermine Nevadans’ votes. 

AP: Election denier Jim Marchant running for US Senate in Nevada

  • Jim Marchant, a Nevada Republican who led a movement of candidates who promoted Donald Trump’s lies of a stolen 2020 election, announced Tuesday that he will run for the U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Jacky Rosen in the swing state.
  • Nevada is likely to be one of the nation’s most competitive Senate races after hosting the closest contest of 2022. 
  • Marchant […] raised his national profile last year as the organizer of a coalition of 17 GOP candidates who falsely purported that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Trump. 
  • Marchant appeared most often during his campaign for secretary of state at remote public places and on far-right media outlets including Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast, where he endorsed false election claims, including that all Nevada elected officials since 2006 had been “installed by the deep-state cabal.”  
  • Marchant also toured rural Nevada counties last year to encourage local lawmakers to get rid of voting machines and adopt paper ballots. 

New York Times: Jim Marchant, a Nevada Election Denier, Announces Senate Run

  • During last year’s midterm elections, Mr. Marchant helped organize a national “America First” slate of secretary of state candidates, a group of right-wing election deniers whose campaigns centered on re-litigating baseless voter fraud claims. 
  • Mr. Marchant, 66, a former one-term assemblyman, was also part of Nevada’s alternate slate of pro-Trump electors who sought to overturn Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the state in 2020. He refused to accept the results that same year in his race for Congress, unsuccessfully challenging them in court. 

Nevada Independent: Former Nevada assemblyman, election denier Jim Marchant running for US Senate

  • Marchant, 66, announced his bid Tuesday at a “Make America Great Again” rally at Fervent Church in Las Vegas, where advertised guests included Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus with ties to white nationalists, and commentator Wayne Allyn Root.
  • Marchant suggested in a 2022 debate that Nevadans’ votes have not counted for years, and alleged in a January interview with The Guardian that a global “cabal” has been manipulating voting machines for years. 
  • He also played a key role in pushing several rural Nevada counties to drop electronic voting machines ahead of the 2022 election, citing unsupported conspiracy theories about the machines’ lack of reliability.

NBC: Eyes on 2024: Election denier jumps into Nevada’s Senate race

  • Marchant won his party’s nomination for secretary of state last year, one of a handful of nominees for the post around the country who cast doubt on the results of the 2020 election. 
  • In Marchant’s case, he told NBC News last year that Biden’s 2020 victory was “almost statistically impossible” and that he wouldn’t have certified the election. 

CNN: Trump ally Jim Marchant announces bid for Nevada Senate seat

  • Marchant is a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump and promoted his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
  • Rosen reacted to Marchant’s announcement in a statement, saying, “Nevadans deserve a Senator who will fight for them, not a MAGA election denier who opposes abortion rights even in cases of rape and incest.”


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