GOP realized 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' as they pivot to Dem tactic of ballot harvesting

GOP realized 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' as they pivot to Dem tactic of ballot harvesting


President Trump and fellow Washington Republicans have spent two years railing against ballot harvesting, but outside the Beltway, Republicans are coming to a different conclusion: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

After being pummeled in California in the 2018 congressional elections, thanks in large part to ballot harvesting, Republicans embraced the tactic this year. It is legal in the state to put out drop boxes and collect ballots at churches and in prosperous retirement communities rife with Republican-leaning voters.

Ballot harvesting appears to have helped Republicans Michelle Steel and Young Kim capture seats in the 48th and 39th congressional districts. Another race remains outstanding.

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Shawn Steel, Mrs. Steel’s husband and one of California’s Republican National Committee members, said most Republican activists prefer ballots to be cast on Election Day, but “those days are over, they are gone.”

“We have to adapt or die. That is my rule,” Mr. Steel said. “So now we have a new environment and

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