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10 Republicans on the ballot who were at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

At least 10 Republican candidates who gained primaries for statewide or federal office this year have claimed they were in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of former President Donald Trump marched to the Capitol to interrupt the peaceable transition of energy and the ensuing riot ultimately turned violent. Five individuals died in reference to the riot, together with a police officer. Another 4 officers died by suicide in the days, weeks and months after the assault on the Capitol.

All 10 non-incumbent candidates have denied or cast doubt on the 2020 election outcomes. Three of the 10 candidates might win congressional seats in November, which might take them from election-denying protesters to sitting members of Congress. Another stands to develop into the chief election official in Arizona.

Democrats have spent little time or money centered on adverts highlighting the Jan. 6 actions of those candidates. According to the ad-tracking agency, AdImpact, simply $2.7 million out of $163 million of broadcast TV advert {dollars} went to House races the place a candidate was at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6. In many instances, Democratic teams really tried to spice up a few of the election-denying candidates throughout the major season, calculating that they’d be weaker opponents for Democrats in the basic election.

Here’s a listing of 10 candidates who were at or near the Capitol on Jan. 6:

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In this Jan. 6, 2021, file picture insurrections loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Congressional candidates

Derrick Van Orden, GOP nominee, Wisconsin, third Congressional District

Derrick Van Orden, the Republican nominee for Wisconsin’s third District, was amongst the demonstrators outdoors the Capitol, in keeping with an op-ed he wrote for the LaCrosse Tribune and different printed experiences. In that op-ed, printed per week after the assault, Van Orden wrote, “At no time did I enter the grounds, let alone the building.” He claimed to have been on the outdoors, saying he had “stood on the parapet that lines the perimeter of the grounds.”  On Jan. 6, 2021, he additionally denounced in a tweet “all forms of political violence regardless of what side commits it.”

The Daily Beast reported that photographs from Jan. 6 present Van Orden “had to cross police barricades to reach that area.” Van Orden disputed the article however has supplied no additional clarification.

He has not responded to CBS News’ request for remark.

The Trump-endorsed candidate hopes to succeed Democrat Ron Kind, who has represented the third District since 1997 and is retiring at the finish of his present time period. Kind beat Van Orden by lower than three factors in 2020. Van Orden, a former Navy Seal and actor, and state Sen. Brad Pfaff, a Democrat who represents Wisconsin’s thirty second District, are actually vying for the open seat.

Although the district has been held by a Democrat for over twenty years, projections by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics present the race is at present leaning in favor of Van Orden. Republican-aligned PACs are outspending Democrats in on-line and TV promoting. Axios additionally reported the House Majority PAC, which helps Democratic candidates, plans to cancel a few of the remaining advert reservations for Pfaff. Pfaff countered with an ad highlighting Van Orden’s Jan. 6 actions, hoping to persuade voters to reject him. The Associated Press reported, the Republican citizens in Wisconsin would not seem to care about his connection to Jan. 6. 

Sandy Smith, GOP nominee, North Carolina, 1st Congressional District

Sandy Smith, who is making her second run at a Congressional seat, tweeted on Jan. 6, 2021 “In DC fighting for Trump! Just marched from the monument to the Capitol!” Her participation did not deter Republican voters in the 1st District in North Carolina, regardless of the House GOP-aligned PAC operating ads attacking her forward of the Republican major. She prevailed in opposition to seven different candidates in the May major and went on to receive Trump’s endorsement final month.

In 2020, Smith additionally gained the Republican major however lost in the basic election to Democratic Rep. G.Ok. Butterfield. After her defeat, she tweeted, “I ran for congress. Did better than anyone ever did in this district on the Republican side. Dominion was used in my district. My polling had me ahead. Yet somehow my opponent got truckloads of ballots without even campaigning. No audit. No precinct breakdown. Total sham! #NC01”. According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, Dominion voting machines were not utilized in any elections in the state.

Butterfield, a long-time congressman and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, announced his retirement after redistricting made North Carolina’s 1st District friendlier to Republicans. Predictions point out the race is leaning towards the Democratic nominee Donald Davis, a state senator who represents the fifth Legislative District.

J.R. Majewski, GOP nominee, Ohio, ninth Congressional District

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Still from House Majority PAC advert displaying GOP congressional candidate JR Majewski on Jan. 6, 2021

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“When everything started to happen…we all left. I was responsible for 60-70 people at the Capitol. I had multiple people get injured but I made sure they made it back to our hotel. It was a terrible experience,” Majewski said in an interview with Toledo TV station WTOL in April 2021. “It was one that was supposed to be great.” 

But as a candidate, Majewski’s file has come beneath scrutiny for different causes. He claimed that he served the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan. Military information obtained by the Associated Press revealed that he by no means deployed to Afghanistan. The AP stated that Majewski’s marketing campaign, when requested about his information, “did not directly address questions about his claim of deploying to Afghanistan.” A subsequent AP report famous that his marketing campaign claimed that he was demoted and punished after a “brawl,” however army information and present that he was, in reality, demoted and punished for drunk driving on a U.S. air base in Japan. Majewski, in keeping with the AP, acknowledged in a press release that  he had been punished for drunk driving however didn’t say why his marketing campaign had attributed his demotion to a brawl. 

Last month, the National Republican Congressional Committee, withdrew ads for Majewski.

Although the Republican get together “has no hesitation about backing candidates who either were there at the Capitol or who endorsed the ridiculous election lies of Donald Trump,” Sabato surmised that they’re merely “being pragmatic” in gentle of the reputation of those candidates with GOP voters. The race is now leaning in favor of Majewski’s Democratic opponent, incumbent Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

Leon Benjamin Sr., GOP nominee, Virginia, 4th Congressional District

Leon Benjamin Sr., a pastor and army veteran, ran uncontested in the Republican major and now he heads to the basic election as the GOP candidate for Virginia’s 4th Congressional District. It’s his second try and unseat Democratic incumbent, Rep. Donald McEachin. In 2020, McEachin defeated Benjamin by over 22 factors, however Benjamin continues to assert that the election was stolen.

According to photos and a live-stream video he posted on Facebook, Benjamin was in Washington on Jan. 6. The photographs present him at the Ellipse throughout Trump’s speech and near the Capitol. He wrote, “Virginia we’re prepared for the subsequent step. Do not lose coronary heart. Leadership is popping out of you: these who love America, Fair and Just Elections, God, Family and Constitutional Republic! #PatriotParty #benjamin4congress #FlipTheFourth.” 

Jo Rae Perkins, GOP nominee, Oregon, U.S. Senate

Jo Rae Perkins, is making one other longshot bid for U.S. Senate in Oregon, after an unsuccessful marketing campaign in 2020 in opposition to incumbent Democrat Jeff Merkley. Records present Perkins first filed to run for U.S. Senate in Oregon in 2013.

In the May 2022 major, Perkins beat six different Republican candidates. Now, she’s going through incumbent Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden has held the position since 1996 and is up 17 factors, in keeping with a current Civiqs poll.

Perkins has touted Q-Anon conspiracy theories and election lies. She additionally attended Trump’s speech at the Ellipse, and he or she advised CBS Portland affiliate KOIN that she walked up to the exterior of the Capitol constructing however didn’t enter. Perkins falsely claimed members of Antifa were at the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Jeff Zink, Arizona, third Congressional District

“I can give you a first-hand account” of Jan. 6, said Jeff Zink, the GOP nominee for Arizona’s third Congressional District. Zink, an “America First” Republican, is operating in opposition to Democratic incumbent Rep. Ruben Gallego.

Zink has stated he didn’t enter the Capitol and did not take part in the violence. “At no time did I, nor my son Ryan enter the building, trespass or damage any property of the United States,” he advised Texas station WCBD.  Furthermore, the allegations that my son bodily assaulted ANYONE are fully unfounded, with out proof or benefit, and politically motivated.”

 But his son, Ryan Zink, was indicted for obstruction of an official proceeding, entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds and multiple counts of disorderly conduct. Ryan Zink pleaded not responsible on all counts. The FBI statement of facts exhibits Ryan Zink saying in a video, “We knocked down the gates!  We’re storming the Capitol!  You cannot cease us!” Jeff Zink said his son was “incarcerated for six weeks.”

Tina Forte, New York, 14th Congressional District

Republican Tina Forte’s prospects of beating in style Democratic incumbent Alexandra Ocasio- Cortez are slim in New York’s 14th Congressional District, which incorporates elements of the Bronx and Queens. In 2020, Ocasio-Cortez beat her Republican challenger by a 44.2-point margin.

Still, Forte won the August Republican major in opposition to challenger Desi Joseph Cuellar with over 65% of the vote. As of Sept. 30, she has raised practically $1 million, in keeping with federal marketing campaign finance knowledge.

On Jan. 6, Forte live-streamed video near the Capitol with different demonstrators. The video exhibits her standing in entrance of a poster of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with fangs. In a statement, Forte wrote, “I absolutely did NOT enter the Capitol building.” Last month, NY1 spoke with Forte, who stated she joined demonstrators in Washington on Jan. 6 “to shine light on the election.” She added, “I’m not going to say I regret it because I don’t.” 

Statewide candidates

Three Republican nominees in search of statewide office in 2022, were additionally amongst the rally-goers and rioters in Washington on Jan. 6. Polling exhibits certainly one of the demonstrators might be the subsequent secretary of state in Arizona.

Mark Finchem, GOP nominee, Arizona, secretary of state

Mark Finchem, the present state consultant for Arizona’s eleventh Legislative District and the Republican nominee for secretary of state, was on the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6. The Arizona Mirror reported that photographs of Finchem captured that day confirmed him strolling in entrance of the east steps of the Capitol. In a current interview with CBS News, when requested why he was in Washington, Finchem responded that he was “representing [his] constituents.” He declined to acknowledge if President Joe Biden’s presidential win was reputable. Finchem was additionally subpoenaed and interviewed by the Jan. 6 House choose committee, as a “witness,” he clarified.

As secretary of state, Finchem would oversee Arizona’s elections by the 2024 election. He assures his “commitment is to just follow the law,” however added, “we also need to have an elections procedure manual that reflects current law.”  Current Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is operating for governor in Arizona in opposition to Republican Kari Lake.

Doug Mastriano, GOP nominee, Pennsylvania governor

Several candidates, together with Doug Mastriano and Dan Cox, organized for buses to drive demonstrators to Washington on Jan. 6. Mastriano, a Republican state senator and GOP gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania, spent hundreds of {dollars} on chartered buses and posted an occasion on Facebook charging $10-$25 for bus rides to D.C. on Jan. 6, in keeping with NPR member station WHYY

Mastriano said he didn’t cross police traces at the Capitol and left when the protests turned violent, which he doesn’t condone. According to a Senate Judiciary Committee report, video footage exhibits Mastriano and his spouse on the grounds of the Capitol behind police traces. Democrats have known as on Mastriano to launch the footage taken on his telephone on Jan. 6 to show his model of occasions. Mastriano briefly spoke with the Jan. 6 House choose committee in August however quickly after filed a lawsuit, in opposition to the committee, for refusing to permit him to file the testimony.

A CBS News Battleground Tracker ballot launched in October confirmed Mastriano trailing his Democratic challenger Josh Shapiro, by double digits.

Dan Cox, GOP nominee, Maryland governor

On Jan. 6, Dan Cox, a Maryland state delegate and the Republican nominee for governor of Maryland, known as then-Vice President Mike Pence a “traitor,” In a press release after the assault, Cox wrote in Maryland Matters that as a result of it was so crowded that the group he was with “could not approach the capitol” and “left early for the bus ride home and of course did not participate in any violence.”

Democrats boosted Cox, who was endorsed by Trump forward of the Republican primaries in the closely Democratic state. Cox beat Kelly Shulz, the Republican candidate endorsed by Maryland’s term-limited Gov. Larry Hogan. Now, Cox faces Democrat Wes Moore in the race for governor. 

Cox, who has touted election lies and conspiracy theories, is trailing Moore by 32-points, in keeping with a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll. Hogan, a reasonable Republican, has harshly criticized Cox, calling him a “QAnon whack job.” In a current interview with CBS News, Hogan stated, “It should be a huge year for Republicans. But we haven’t always nominated the strongest candidates for a general election.”

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