Republicans know they have a problem with relying on Election Day voting

In the wake of a poor midterm election efficiency that culminated Tuesday night time with a loss within the U.S. Senate race in Georgia, Republicans are acknowledging the perils of relying on Election Day voting.

Former President Donald Trump has disparaged early voting and voting by mail, at the same time as he cast absentee ballots, and conditioned celebration voters to mistrust these strategies. In a Truth Social post final week, he continued to blast mail in voting, saying “you can never have fair & free elections with mail-in ballots–never, never, never. Won’t and can’t happen!!!”

But after failing to realize management of the Senate, shedding a seat within the course of, and underperforming in House races throughout the nation, Republican operatives and lawmakers are actually issuing a wakeup name to their celebration to take early voting significantly.

“If you wait until Election Day, you’re starting a race where you’re 30 yards behind,” House GOP chief Kevin McCarthy advised Fox News’ Sean Hannity Tuesday night time because the Georgia election outcomes got here in. “Republicans in the past, we had an advantage because we would vote early, we would vote by mail, and we put that away.”

A voter casts his poll at a polling station for the U.S. Senate runoff election on December 6, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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RNC chair Ronna McDaniel conveyed a related sentiment in one other Fox News interview on Tuesday. “Our voters need to vote early,” she mentioned.. “I have said this over and over again. There were many in 2020 saying, ‘Don’t vote by mail, don’t vote early.’ And we have to stop that and understand that if Democrats are getting ballots in for a month, we can’t expect to get it all done in one day.”

Missing from their assessments, nevertheless, was any point out of Trump’s position in disparaging such voting strategies.

The hole between the 2 events in terms of assist for mail-in and early voting has grown beneath Trump. Gallup polling analysis exhibits that between 2004-2017, Democrats, Independents and Republicans all steadily elevated early voting as extra states expanded alternatives to take action. But in 2020, they discovered a sharp decline in early voting intentions amongst Republicans. 

And research from Pew finds that 62% of Republicans say voters ought to solely be allowed to vote early or absentee with a documented excuse, in comparison with 42% who thought the identical in 2018. 

Meanwhile, Democrats have included early and mail in voting as a key a part of their marketing campaign technique. In Georgia, Sen. Raphael Warnock received early voters by roughly 16 share factors, heading into Election Day with a 300,000 vote lead. 

Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana mentioned Republicans have to “start accepting the tools” of voting early or by mail. “Anybody that wants to stick with just voting on Election Day…you’re setting yourselves up for logistical issues,” he mentioned, noting that having run a business for 37 years, “I never want to have to get something done in one day.” 

“We have got to do a better job as Republicans telling our voters, go vote,” mentioned Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, a staunch Trump ally. “Don’t wait until the last day, don’t wait for it to possibly rain. Don’t wait for bad weather…we’ve gotten hammered.”‘

Kabir Khanna contributed to this report.

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