It’s been almost three months since the 2020 presidential election, and a majority of Texas Republicans still believe there was widespread voter fraud.
Trump supporters hold signs during a protest in Austin, Texas on November 7, 2020. (Photo by Sergio FLORES / AFP) (Photo by SERGIO FLORES/AFP via Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump repeatedly asserted baseless claims that widespread election fraud caused his loss to President Joe Biden, a claim he brought to court dozens of times. Several Texans in politics parroted these claims, including Sen. Ted Cruz, Attorney General Ken Paxton and Rep. Louie Gohmert.
A new poll from the University of Houston conducted among 1,329 Texans 18 and older from Jan. 12-20 found that 83 percent of Republicans in Texas strongly agree (66 percent) or agree (17 percent) there was widespread election fraud. Only 13 percent of Texas Democrats strongly agree or agree.
There has been no evidence of widespread election fraud in the presidential election. Before Jan. 6, Trump and his associates had filed 62 lawsuits in state and federal courts that sought to alter the election results. Of those lawsuits, 61 failed, USA Today’s William Cummings, Joey Garrison and Jim Sergent reported in January.
Paxton also brought a lawsuit to the Supreme Court that was secretly written by lawyers close to Trump, seeking to overturn the results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. It was quickly dismissed.
The Texas attorney general’s own office spent more time than ever investigating voter fraud claims in Texas and resolved just 16 prosecutions, all involving Harris County residents who gave false addresses on their voter registration forms, the Houston Chronicle’s Taylor Goldenstein reported in December.
The survey from UH also found that 32 percent of Texas Republicans support the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. Overall, 83 percent of Texans oppose the protest that turned into a riot.
On the morning of Jan. 6, Trump gave a speech on the White House Ellipse, repeating claims that the election was rigged, Democrats had committed fraud and telling supporters to “fight like hell” and “never give up.” Paxton also spoke at the “Save America” rally. A mob of Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol hours later, resulting in five deaths and delaying the certification of Biden’s win.
Trump faces an impeachment trial and is charged with “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the attack on the Capitol. He is the only president to be impeached twice.