Jan 6, 2022 - News

Colorado official warns 2020 election challenge "could happen again"

Data: Axios/Momentive poll; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Ahead of the anniversary of the U.S. Capitol attack challenging the 2020 election, a Colorado official issued a stark warning.

What they’re saying: "It's not impossible something like this could happen again," said Joan Lopez, Arapahoe County clerk, during a virtual forum.

State of play: A new Axios/Momentive poll shows about 57% of Americans expect events similar to Jan. 6 to unfold in the future.

  • Just 55% believe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, the poll found.

Zoom in: The disbelief is engrained in the Colorado Republican Party, including some leaders, activists and candidates.

  • A November poll by a Democratic firm found the vast majority of those who identify as "very conservative" in Colorado dispute the election results.
  • Mesa County clerk Tina Peters, who is under investigation by the FBI and local authorities for leaking confidential election information, is backed by at least two candidates for governor.
  • Ron Hanks, a GOP state lawmaker who is running for U.S. Senate, attended the Jan. 6 rally and said he went behind police lines.

The other side: Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat, addressed the events in a briefing Wednesday. "The question of our time is: How do we view Jan. 6?" he said.

  • "If we start down that road, of allowing systems of election administration to be undermined for partisan purposes," he added, "we lose the rule of law and we lose our democracy itself."

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