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Trump-backed Wisconsin GOP candidate and 2020 election denier says Republicans ‘will never lose another election’ in the state if elected to office

  • Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels said Republicans would never lose an election in the state.

  • “Tim Michels is a danger to our democracy,” Governor Tony Evers said on Twitter.

  • The Michels campaign clarified the comment, saying Michels would build support for Republicans.

Wisconsin GOP candidate Tim Michels has said Republicans would never lose a race in the state if he becomes governor, telling opponents he would take steps to alter election results once in office.

American Bridge 21st Century, a left-leaning political action committee, released an audio clip of Michels recorded at a campaign event in Jackson County, Wisconsin on Monday. Michels is running for governor against Democratic incumbent Governor Tony Evers.

“Republicans will never lose another election in Wisconsin after I’m elected governor,” Michels, who co-owns the state’s largest construction company, can be heard saying.

In response to the audio clip, posted to Twitter, Evers responded by saying, “Tim Michels is a danger to our democracy.”

“Democracy is on the ballot in this election,” Evers spokesman Sam Roecker told Insider. “Tim Michels has made it clear that he will do everything in his power to make it harder for Wisconsinans to vote and may even overturn our fair election results if he doesn’t like the outcome.”

Michels, a candidate backed by former President Donald Trump, questioned the 2020 election results and declined to answer questions about whether or not he would certify the presidential election results as governor if a Democrat was winning the state in a national election.

Michels also suggested he could pursue an unconstitutional effort to decertify Biden’s 2020 win in Wisconsin once he becomes governor, telling local station WKOW he “would need to see the details.”

In a statement to Insider, Michels’ campaign denied the audio had anything to do with election integrity. On the contrary, according to the campaign, Michels would gain more support for Republican candidates in the state by implementing “lower taxes, better schools, uniform election laws and safer communities.”

“While urging supporters to get out and vote, Tim was referring to winning and leading and then being rewarded by voters for doing a good job,” Brian Fraley, a spokesperson for Michels, told Insider in a statement.

“Any attempt to make the most of this quip shows how pathetic and desperate Tony Evers and his supporters are becoming as Election Day approaches. They want to talk about something other than his four years of failure.”

An NBC analysis found that 60% of Republican candidates in five key battleground states either deny or question whether or not President Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

Experts have told the New York Times that Holocaust deniers who win key positions could refuse to accept the 2024 election, leading to legal battles across the country.

Michels is looking to unseat Evers next Tuesday in a race that has been called a “toss-up” by Inside Elections, The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball.

Read the original article on Business Insider

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