Politics: White House mum on Democrats boosting 'ultra-MAGA' candidates in GOP primaries

Democrats have been boosting ultra-right candidates. It could backfire.

  Democrats have been boosting ultra-right candidates. It could backfire. Is this reverse psychology a little too clever?National Democrats, party-aligned nonprofits, and some of their candidates have together spent millions to elevate the most extreme positions of far-right candidates in races in Pennsylvania, Illinois, Colorado, and Maryland, and it’s a strategy that’s divided party operatives. The total investment this cycle was over $44 million as of last quarter, according to an Open Secrets analysis.

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The White House did not respond directly when asked about Democrats supporting candidates who question the 2020 election results in Republican primaries in hopes of securing victories in the general election, a strategy that operatives have described as risky.

Throughout the midterm elections, some Democratic operatives have been engaging in a spoiler strategy to prop up candidates perceived as being fringe in GOP primary contests to attempt to make general elections more winnable for Democratic candidates, which White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about Tuesday.

Here are the GOP candidates Democrats have helped in primaries

  Here are the GOP candidates Democrats have helped in primaries Democratic-aligned groups and candidates have spent tens of millions of dollars to influence GOP primaries across the country this year, hoping that their efforts will yield less-electable, more-controversial Republican nominees in the general elections. And while those efforts appear to be paying off in some states, they’ve also stirred concern among some Democrats that these…And while those efforts appear to be paying off in some states, they’ve also stirred concern among some Democrats that these tactics run the risk of helping elect far-right candidates to high-level public offices, especially in a political environment that is largely working against Democrats.

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"Yesterday, in his speech, the president said, 'You can't be pro-insurrection and pro-democracy,'" a reporter said. "There are Democrats across the country that are spending money, supporting these candidates, basically. What does the president think of that?"

Jean-Pierre declined to respond directly before pivoting to former President Donald Trump.

"I can't, I mean, I'm not going to speak to that, especially as we're looking at an election or anything that's related to potential midterms," she said, appearing to refer to the Hatch Act. "But I do want to make it very clear what the president did yesterday. He has said this before when he has talked about what the former president, his predecessor, how much he bears responsibility for what happened on Jan. 6."

Gov. Larry Hogan said if Trump announces a 2024 run before the midterms GOP governors worry it will 'cost us seats'

  Gov. Larry Hogan said if Trump announces a 2024 run before the midterms GOP governors worry it will 'cost us seats' Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said "it's going to cost us seats" if Trump announces a run, adding: "After all, he lost to Joe Biden, which is hard to do.""We had discussions about that at the Republican Governors Association last week," Hogan said during an interview with ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

In the latest attempt to interfere in GOP primaries, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is set to spend $425,000 on a new TV ad promoting pro-Trump candidate John Gibbs in his effort to oust freshman Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), a centrist who was one of the 10 Republicans to vote in favor of impeachment, in the race for the GOP nomination for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, which President Joe Biden won by 9 percentage points.

Meijer’s race is not the first time Democrats have attempted to boost a GOP candidate they see as an easier defeat in a general election, with the House Majority PAC having unsuccessfully attempted to promote Chris Mathys over centrist Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) in the primary race for California’s 22nd District, a D+5 seat.

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In various other states, such as Illinois, Maryland, and Colorado, Democratic operatives cut facetious ads touting Republican primary hopefuls for their 2020 election denialism, hardcore stances on abortion, and other positions seen as precarious in a general election.

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Centrists have bemoaned the strategy, with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan pinning the blame for Dan Cox's recent GOP primary triumph on "collusion between Trump and the Democrats."

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