If Republicans Want to Get Serious About Winning Elections, They Need to Take These 3 Steps

After a big red wave was expected in this midterm election, things didn’t go quite so well for the Republicans.

Democrats retained control of the Senate while Republicans narrowly regained control of the House of Representatives.

While there is much debate as to what exactly accounts for Republican performance, here are three key takeaways from last Tuesday.

1. Huge amount of absentee ballots

It’s common knowledge by now that Democrats tend to excel at absentee ballots, while Republicans typically do better with in-person voting on Election Day.

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Eventually, Republicans should pass legislation in state legislatures across the country banning all mail-in ballots except for military personnel overseas.

One danger of massive postal voting is the increase in potential voter fraud. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton wrote an op-ed in 2020 discussing this issue.

“My office has conducted over 300 investigations into absentee ballot fraud. Our investigators have spoken to thousands of victims of mail-in ballot fraud over the years, and they frequently tell us they have been pressured and harassed by campaign workers into registering to vote by mail, voting a certain way, or casting their ballots,” he said Paxton said.

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“The common denominator in absentee ballot fraud is that victims’ votes are canceled and replaced with those of paid poll workers. Any fraudulent voting disenfranchises a legitimate voter by nullifying their legitimate vote.”

If we fail to get rid of absentee ballots, Republicans must have a backup plan to outperform Democrats at their own game.

Democrats winning with a large number of mail-in ballots can be frustrating, but just complaining about it without doing anything isn’t a solution. If Republicans want to do better in future elections, they must either get rid of absentee ballots or do better than Democrats at ballot initiatives.

2. Bad candidates

While there were many good candidates this election cycle, some were less than impressive, leading to a lack of enthusiasm among conservative voters and helping Republicans not gain control of the Senate.

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For example, Republican Senate candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz of Pennsylvania has historically taken a weak anti-abortion stance Arms Controlwhich did not go down well with many right-wingers.

Newsmax’s Alex Salvi mentioned several other Republican candidates who were supported by Democrats, knowing they could be at risk in the general election.

While there needs to be consensus among voters, we also need solid candidates who generate maximum enthusiasm that includes independent voters.

3. The current Republican leadership must be replaced.

On Wednesday, Senate Republicans elected Mitch McConnell minority leader in a private vote. By 37 votes, McConnell won by a comfortable margin over Rick Scott, who finished second by 10 votes.

Unless Republicans get serious and find new leadership, not much will change in the House or Senate, even if they have the majority.

Former Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller has blasted McConnell for withholding funds from key races.

“We must note the extraordinarily fateful decision by the Senate Leadership Fund and Mitch McConnell to take the money that should have been spent in Arizona to get Blake [Masters] early on TV and instead hand it to Lisa Murkowski for a Republican fight against the Republican-backed Alaska nominee,” Miller said.

Conservative commentator Buck Sexton expressed similar frustration with the current leadership, saying McConnell needed to be replaced.

The conservative scorecards for McConnell and House minority leader Kevin McCarthy aren’t as impressive either.

FreedomWorks has given McConnell and McCarthy lifetime scores of 65.8 percent and 69.6 percent, respectively. Good potential candidates for Senate leadership include Rand Paul, Mike Lee, and Ted Cruz, all of whom have much higher conservative scores.

Although the Republicans retook the house, it wasn’t much and much improvement remains. If they are serious about winning elections again, they must outperform the Democrats with mail-in ballots, pick better candidates, and find new leadership in both houses of Congress.

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