Early warning signs emerge for GOP after US capital riots

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – In the 36 hours following last week’s deadly uprising in the US Capitol, 112 Republicans arrived at the election office in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania to change party registration. Ethan Demme was one of them.

“Ever since he started denying the election result, I knew it was growing this way,” said Dame, who is the former Republican Party president of the county and has opposed President Donald Trump and is now an independent is. “If they were going, I knew there was no way I could go. But if you’ve been a Republican all your life, it’s hard to jump from a big boat and a small boat.”

Similar scenes are visible to authorities elsewhere.

In Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, 192 people have changed their party registration since the January 6 riots. According to Bethany Salzarulo, director of the Bureau of Elections, only 13 switched to the GOP – the other 179 Democrats, independent or turned to a third party.

In Leon County, Iowa, home of the Cedar Rapids, more than four dozen voters dropped their Republican Party affiliation in the 48 hours following the Capitol attack. Election Commissioner Joel Miller said they mostly do not attend any party, although a small number took the highly unusual step of canceling their registration altogether.

The party tapped out more than 74 million people who voted for President Donald Trump in November. And it is not clear whether they are united in their motivation. Some may dismiss politics altogether while others are leaving a Republican party they fear will be less loyal to Trump.

But they present an early sign of further instability for the GOP as Trump gave the party a break for the political consequences of the riots.

“I think there’s a jarring innings ranging from the president’s knee defense to ‘Wow, which was too far”, said Kirk Adams, a former Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives.

Adams said he knows many people, including once solid Trump supporters, who are changing their registration. He said it may be weeks or months before the full effect of the insured becomes clear.

“The mind is changing,” he said. “But you can’t go overnight ‘I think the president’s authority and election are being stolen’ I think he was wrong about that.”

Party registration does not always preview how voters will actually cast their ballots, especially when the next major national election is nearly two years away. But party leaders across the country are expressing concern that the riots may have lasting effects.

The GOP cannot make any dent in its ranks after the election, even with record-breaking Republican voting, they lost control of both the president and the US Senate.

“Increasingly I have seen my party in this state and our numbers are declining,” said Gary Eichelberger, a commissioner in suburban Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. “If we narrow the party base, we are going to lose this county.”

Republicans in Washington are approaching the moment with caution, condemning the rebellion and defending Trump. But so far, some have joined the Democratic call for impeachment and immediate removal of the president.

Just two Senate Republicans, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Pennsylvania’s Patrick Tumi, have called for Trump to resign.

Several GOP officials said there were some differences about the party’s directive at the RNC’s winter meeting on Amelia Island in Florida, which took place days after the attack. According to Henry Barbour, an RNC member from Mississippi, the committee is undergoing serious negotiations to take a broader look at the 2020 election results to determine what went wrong and how to better appeal to voters.

But Trump still has a bridge over the Swats of the GOP base.

A Quinnipiac poll released on Monday found that nearly three-quarters of Republicans believe Trump’s false statements that widespread voter fraud had occurred in the November election after Trump urged crowds of supporters to take on Congress Triggers an attack on the Capitol. President-Elect set to authenticate Joe Biden’s victory.

7 out of 10 Republicans approved Trump’s performance as president, while Quinnipiac’s December election of 89%.

“When you love President Trump, you love President Trump,” said Michel Fiore, an RNC committee member from Nevada. “With all our hearts, we support him. We know that they did not create chaos in Washington, DC. 6. On January.

Rai Charnenky, who stepped down as president of the Maricopa County Republican Party in Arizona, after a power struggle with the party claiming an election clash with the party in the state after the election, said the president feels That is still a hammer on the grass roots of the party.

“They simply believe it was a stolen election, and they are not going to back down from that position,” Charnenky said. “He will be the driving force” GOP For years to come, Charnenky predicted Trump.

Mid-term elections of 2022 can test the same. Former rayon. Ryan Costello is pushing for a run for Pennsylvania’s open Senate seat as a Republican. A longtime Trump critic, he sees the time as ripe for a clearly anti-Trump GOP nominee.

Costello said, “We need to lose political campaigns, people wanting to withdraw from the race.” “We need campaigns about party cleanliness. Sometimes it is not possible to dance around landmines. Sometimes, you just have to jump there. ”


Beaveront reported from the Danes to Des Moines, Iowa and Riccardi. Associated Press writer Summer Ballantine in Columbia, Missouri; Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin; Hannah Fingerhut in Washington; Ryan J. Foley in Iowa City, Iowa; Steve Peoples in New York; And Julie Carr Smith in Columbus, Ohio contributed to this report.


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