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The GOP effort at reshaping the U.S. to Trump’s vision continues apace

Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) is the second congressional Republican to lose his primary after voting to impeach Trump. He joins Rep. Tom Rice, who lost his primary in June; half of the other eight Republicans who backed impeachment declined to run again. In Arizona, Trump-endorsed candidates for governor, attorney general and secretary of state all won or are leading. In Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania, Republicans have chosen officials who’ve either backed Trump’s false claims about widespread voter fraud in 2020 with gusto or who have elevated some portion of them. In Georgia, the pattern is clear: Republicans continue to seek elected leaders who are willing to go along with Trump's false claims.

Republican primary voters have historically been more conservative than Republicans overall. But this is not exculpatory: Any Republicans who object to Trump’s claims about the election and his response to the 2020 election have either not turned out to vote as heavily or have simply been