Colorado state Rep. Ron Hanks speaks on the floor of the Colorado House on April 15, 2021. (Screenshot from The Colorado Channel)
A leading Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Colorado claimed on Saturday that Republicans have lost elections at least as far back as the 1990s due to election fraud.
Ron Hanks, a state representative who is running to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet in 2022, made the claim during an appearance on “Thanks-A-Thon,” a multiday election conspiracy and advertising broadcast produced by MyPillow CEO and election-denying Trump ally Mike Lindell.
“I think there’s been fraud for a long time and we have been, as Republicans, as conservatives, gracious losers in races where there was definitely some fraud,” Hanks said.
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As an example, he offered the 1994 gubernatorial race in Massachusetts between Republican Ellen R. Sauerbrey and Democrat Parris N. Glendening, which Glendening won. Sauerbrey blamed her loss on a “stolen” election.
Hanks rejects the results of the 2020 election and is suing Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold in an effort to undertake an independent “audit” of election results, similar to the Republican-led audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, which expert observers viewed as a sham. Hanks toured the Arizona audit. He also attended the Lindell-hosted “Cyber Symposium” in August in South Dakota, where election conspiracists gathered.
“My point is we need to contest these things harder and as a result of 2020, I believe we’re starting to do that now,” Hanks said during the broadcast. “And the lawsuit in Colorado against our secretary of state is a good starting point, and it is based off of the leadership that we saw in Arizona and in the other states that are ahead of us that have a little bit better climate for this kind of forensic audit that the people are demanding.”
Hanks suggested that his whole campaign is a response to his conclusion that elections are rigged against Republicans.
“I came back from the ‘Cyber Symposium’ in South Dakota, and I asked aloud, ‘What more can I do in service to this cause and in defense of our nation,’ and the answer came to me, ‘Run for U.S. Senate.'”
Hanks is said to be one of three sitting Republican state lawmakers who crossed the police line during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The other two are Sen. Doug Mastriano of Pennsylvania and Rep. Mark Finchem of Arizona.
Finchem, the Trump-endorsed Republican candidate for secretary of state in Arizona, was a guest with Hanks during the “Thanks-A-Thon” segment, as was Arizona state Sen. Wendy Rogers.
Hanks announced his Senate candidacy in October.
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