Takeaways: In debate, Arizona secretary of state race all about 2020 election denials

Takeaways from the Arizona secretary of state debate

Republican Mark Finchem is one of the most outspoken 2020 election deniers running for office this year. He’s vying to oversee a pivotal state’s voting process during the next presidential contest.

  • Republican Mark Finchem was grilled by Democratic rival Adrian Fontes about denying the 2020 election outcome.
  • Finchem’s role in events leading to the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot also came up during the debate.
  • Finchem, Fontes jousted over mail-in voting in Arizona and federal election overhauls.

Arizona’s Republican secretary of state candidate, Mark Finchem, revealed Thursday that he’s been interviewed by the House Jan. 6 committee, just one instance where a 2022 midterms debate repeatedly harkened back to the 2020 presidential race and denial around those election results.

The 30-minute discussion, which also included Democrat Adrian Fontes, was the first of the fall campaign debates featuring a GOP nominee who has denied the outcome of the 2020 contest.