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Democrats spend tens of millions amplifying far-right candidates in nine states

By Annie Linskey

12 Sep 2022 · 10 min read

Editor's Note

Why are U.S. Democrats supporting radical-right Republican candidates? The Washington Post reports on a controversial Democratic Party strategy that critics see as unethical and dangerous.

Democrats have spent nearly $19 million across eight states in primaries this year amplifying far-right Republican candidates who have questioned or denied the validity of the 2020 election, according to a Washington Post analysis, interfering in GOP contests to elevate rivals they see as easier to defeat in November, even as those candidates have promoted false or baseless claims.

The practice by some campaigns and outside groups this year has divided Democrats, with some in the party complaining that such tactics are risky and could ultimately result in the election of candidates who pose serious threats to democracy.

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