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Herschel Walker defeated: Is it time for Republicans to embrace mail-in voting and early voting?

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It’s FINALLY time for Republicans to embrace mail-in voting and early voting, says Newt Gingrich – as Herschel Walker is defeated in Georgia, giving Democrats a genuine majority in the Senate

  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday night that Republicans need to overcome their apprehensions about early and mail-in voting.
  • “Of course,” Gingrich replied to Fox News’ Sean Hannity when asked if GOP voters should let go of their reluctance and vote early or by mail.
  • He added: ‘You have to play the game by the existing rules’
  • Hannity had pointed out that “for some reason” Republicans were hesitant to use these voting methods
  • As part of his fake 2020 voter fraud narrative, former President Donald Trump insisted mail-in votes aren’t secure
  • He went on to say recently that the only form of voting he trusts is in person on Election Day, by paper ballots
  • The GOP suffered another defeat later Tuesday in Georgia, with Trump-backed Herschel Walker losing to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday night that Republicans need to overcome their apprehensions about early and mail-in voting if they want to win.

“Of course,” Gingrich replied to Fox News’ Sean Hannity when asked if GOP voters should drop their reluctance and vote early or by mail. “You have to play the game by the existing rules,” added the former Speaker of the House.

Hannity had pointed out that “for some reason” Republicans have been reluctant to use these voting methods, leading to a number of key losses during the 2022 midterms, including later Tuesday night in the second round of the Georgia Senate elections.

As part of his fake 2020 voter fraud narrative, former President Donald Trump insisted that mail-in votes are not secure. He went on to say recently that the only form of voting he trusts is in person on Election Day, by paper ballots.

That means every election day, Republicans are catching up, with many Democratic ballots already in place.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday night that Republicans need to overcome their apprehensions about early and mail-in voting if they want to win.

Herschel Walker defeated: Is it time for Republicans to embrace mail-in voting and early voting?

“Of course,” Gingrich (right) replied to Fox News’ Sean Hannity (left) when asked if GOP voters should drop their reluctance and vote early or by mail. “You have to play the game by the existing rules,” added the former Speaker of the House.

“For example, if you want Gen Z voters, you have to be on TikTok, although in fact, in the long run, we can abolish TikTok as the Chinese communist apparatus,” Gingrich explained.

“That means you have to recognize early voting,” he continued.

“There’s no point Republicans saving their TV money until October if they got a third of the vote in September,” he added.

Gingrich’s comments came in the hours before another Republican defeat in his home state of Georgia, as Trump-backed Herschel Walker lost to incumbent Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock in the race for the Senate second round of the state.

When the polls closed at 7 p.m., Warnock had a 30-point lead due to the number of early votes – with Democrats mostly taking advantage of this method.

Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker concedes to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock on Tuesday night in Atlanta

Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker concedes to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock on Tuesday night in Atlanta

Walker was able to catch up several times overnight, but The Associated Press called the race for Warnock just before 10:30 p.m. due to the bulk of the outstanding votes coming from the Atlanta area, which swings heavily Democratic.

Hannity said he would like Election Day to be a holiday and limit mail-in ballots to the military and infirm, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have opened mail-in ballots to anyone who requests it.

Gingrich also pointed out that one of the benefits of in-person early voting is that parties know which of their voters still have to go to the polls and can be better targeted.

“Democrats are focused on the election. Republicans are focused on campaigns,” Gingrich argued. “We have to rethink from scratch.”

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