New polling from the Rasmussen firm finds that 55 percent of all Americans believe cheating affected the 2020 presidential campaign. This stands in stark contrast to the comments of Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan at a liberal fundraiser in Austin last month.

Speaking at a fundraiser for a left-wing news publication, Phelan emphatically dismissed concerns about election cheating in the 2020 presidential race.

“There is no evidence that election was stolen,” said Phelan.

A majority of Americans disagree.

The Rasmussen polling is significant in that there has been almost two years of nonstop demonization of those who believe cheating played a deciding factor in the 2020 election. Even still, 55 percent of Americans refuse to bend their knee to the establishment narrative.

For Republicans trying to court—and Democrats trying to retain—black and Hispanic voters, the polling numbers are revealing. Of Hispanic voters, 62 percent believe cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, while 55 percent of black voters hold that view, compared to 52 percent of white voters.

Phelan gets his power from the Democrat caucus, despite Republicans holding a commanding majority in the chamber. This is primarily due to Republican legislators being less interested in advancing the agenda of their party and voters than currying favor with Austin’s cadre of left-leaning lobbyists.

During a special session of the Texas Legislature last year, the House actually added a provision to weaken the penalty for illegal voting from a second-degree felony to a Class A misdemeanor when passing an omnibus election integrity bill. The measure was advocated for by Democrats but brought forward by liberal Republican Steve Allison (R-San Antonio), a close ally of Phelan and the Democrats.

When Gov. Greg Abbott pressed lawmakers to fix the problem, Phelan defied the governor, saying he did not want to “relitigate” the issue.

Heading into the 2023 legislative session, with the majority of Americans having deep concerns about election integrity, Texas’ Republican lawmakers could end up supporting a House speaker who has no interest in addressing those issues.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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