Pennsylvania Senate candidate Kathy Barnette was among those who marched on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 alleging that Donald Trump's 2020 election results were rigged and that he won the election. There is still no credible evidence the 2020 election was rigged.
In the final week of the Republican Party primary, Barnette saw a surge in support as the election approached.
In the final days, however, Donald Trump phoned into a rally with Mehmet Oz and did a robocall to Trump supporters encouraging them to support Oz over Barnette. Meanwhile, both behind the scenes and in front of cameras, Fox News host Sean Hannity was trying to help Oz, who thanked him in the election night speech.
Given Barnette's support of Donald Trump's so-called "big lie" and her election loss, some of her disappointed supporters are adopting the Trump strategy of suggesting the election was rigged, without any credible evidence, though the final days of the Pennsylvania primary showed polls with Barnette almost eight points higher than where she ended up on Tuesday.
When Barnette ran for the U.S. Congress in 2020, she also claimed that she only lost because Pennsylvania was rigged. There is no credible evidence of this election being rigged and incumbent Democratic Rep. Madeleine Dean beat her by a sizable margin.
Supporters urged Barnette not to concede and to fight the results.
Don\u2019t concede. It was a stolen & rigged election - the evidence is overwhelming. #AuditPennsylvania— Jason (@Jason) 1652881525
Was the Pennsylvania GOP Primary rigged? #DrOz #PennsylvaniaPrimary #KathyBarnette #davemccormick— Ultra MAGA Kevin (@Ultra MAGA Kevin) 1652850143
#DrOz is a phoney. Him and Trump lied. They rigged the election against Kathy Barnette. \n\n#PennsylvaniaPrimary \nDavid McCormick— Psy Cho Ma Ga (@Psy Cho Ma Ga) 1652872229
The fact that Barnette is losing is proof of fraud in PA. No way all these people voted for RINOs.— \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udf3cKarmela from VA \ud83c\udf38\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 Say NO to RINOs (@\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\udf3cKarmela from VA \ud83c\udf38\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 Say NO to RINOs) 1652882398
Its obvious Biden rigged this election again. No way #DrOz beats Ultra-MAGA #KathyBarnette \n\n#Pennsylvania \nPennsylvania Primary \nMcCormick— Psy Cho Ma Ga (@Psy Cho Ma Ga) 1652843094
On the other side, the idea of voter fraud and a rigged election was used to outright mock Barnette, with folks asking if she intends to protest the election results after doing so in 2020.
Jeez. What could go wrong with two election deniers and a result much closer than the 2020 pres in PA. These ppl have been screaming fraud and don't trust the count. Why stop now?\n\nPS. Barnette's underperf is susp, right? Who's with me?— Hijokr (@Hijokr) 1652851923
I'm not saying this happened, but it would be interesting if it turns out that Oz & McCormick are both guilty of some kind of electoral fraud that gets found out about soon and a judge disqualifies them both, handing the race to whoever came in 3rd... meaning Barnette if #s hold.— Emily Rose | #GME #AMC Ape Chaplain (@Emily Rose | #GME #AMC Ape Chaplain) 1652871308
She really won. Election was totally rigged. Massive dumps for Dr Oz. The my pillow guy already has the packet captures.— K-State Turk (@K-State Turk) 1652876050
I've seen enough Kathy Barnette wins and beats the DemoKKKrat fraud— Alto's Alt (@Alto's Alt) 1652848756
Kathy Barnette is a typical poor loser. She won\u2019t be a team player against the Democrats. Disgusting.https://www.abc27.com/2022-united-states-senate-election-in-pennsylvania/pa-sen-race-kathy-barnette-wont-support-republican-nominee-if-she-loses/amp/\u00a0\u2026— Schock (@Schock) 1652873882