Wednesday, April 6, 2022

De Pere Race Shows Jan. 6/Trump Coup Scheme Is Winning Issue for Dems, Even in Split Districts

Republican Kelly Ruh — who served as a fake elector with nine other members of WISGOP in the state as part of a plot to upend the Electoral College and overturn the 2020 presidential election — lost to Democrat Pamela Gantz in an alder race in De Pere, Wisconsin, on Tuesday. 

Gantz won with 55.7 percent of the vote, versus Ruh's 44.2 percent. 

This race is small, and probably shouldn't be seen as a huge indicator of how things will go nationally. But it shouldn't be ignored, either — De Pere is a pretty evenly divided city, politically speaking, but Trump won in 2020 over Biden by 0.3 percent of the total vote.

That a challenger to a Trump-supporting Republican was able to win the alder district race by more than 11 points, then, is something Democrats across the country — especially those facing Republicans who promote "big lie" election fraud conspiracy theories, or otherwise involved themselves in January 6 related events to overturn the election (hint hint, Derrick Van Orden) — should take notice of.

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