Gingrich says Democrats will try to ‘steal’ closed elections if they lose in Virginia

Former Speaker of the Chamber Newt gingrichNewton (Newt) Leroy GingrichMORE (R-Ga.) He suggested that if the Virginia gubernatorial race on Tuesday falls to a narrow margin of victory, Democrats will try to “steal” it.

“First of all, if it’s too tight, they’ll steal it, so you can’t afford to have a very tight election,” Gingrich said during an appearance on Sean HannitySean Patrick Hannity Sean Patrick Hannity Biden’s CNN Town Hall draws a small audience as poll numbers plummet Meghan McCain: ‘SNL’ parodies made me feel like the ‘laughingstock of the country’ Biden giving stiffness to press interviews MOREFox News program on Monday. “You have to win by a big enough margin that they can’t steal it.”

The Virginia gubernatorial race, a competition between former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and businessman Glenn Youngkin (R), will be decided Tuesday in what is seen as a national benchmark for both parties and a barometer of the Democratic Party’s popularity. low President BidenJoe Biden Biden Administration Targets Methane Emissions McConnell Criticizes Possible Payments to Separated Migrant Families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted MORE before next year’s midterm elections.

Gingrich said a victory for Youngkin would amount to a political “earthquake,” but if he narrowly loses, it would be “an interesting tremor.”

“This is the beginning of a tsunami,” he added.

Throughout his campaign, McAuliffe has tried to link Youngkin to the former President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe, Youngkin hold final campaign rallies ahead of tight Virginia gubernatorial race Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted overnight Defense and National Security: The Sub-Deal Showdown intensifies MORE, who lost Virginia by a wide margin in 2020. The former president has voiced support for the Republican, but has not appeared in person on Youngkin’s campaign.

Meanwhile, Trump has continued to suggest in public statements and speeches that the 2020 presidential election was not conducted fairly and has made unsubstantiated claims that the contest between him and Biden was tainted by widespread electoral fraud.

However, both state and federal election officials have stated that there was no substantial evidence of widespread election fraud. Furthermore, nearly all of Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results in court were unsuccessful.

Following Trump’s defeat last year, Gingrich made headlines with an opinion piece announcing that he would not accept Biden’s victory weeks after it was declared.

“There are more than 74 million voters who supported President Trump regardless, and given the electoral mess, the number could easily be significantly higher. The truth is that tens of millions of Americans are deeply alienated and angry,” Gingrich wrote Last December. “If Mr. Biden rules from the left, and he will almost certainly be forced to do so, that number will grow rapidly and we will win a massive election in 2022.”

Gingrich has reportedly had close ties to Trump over the past year, helping him draft a new political agenda as the former president considers another run for the White House in 2024.

The Hill has contacted Fox and Gingrich for additional comment.

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