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Arizona Democrat Bets That Tough Talk on ‘Big Lie’ Will Woo Voters

As midterms loom, one candidate believes he’s found a way to counter disinformation.

Adrian Fontes, Arizona’s Democratic candidate for secretary of state, speaks with canvassers at the Arizona Democrats Legislative District 4 office in Scottsdale on Oct. 15.

Adrian Fontes, Arizona’s Democratic candidate for secretary of state, speaks with canvassers at the Arizona Democrats Legislative District 4 office in Scottsdale on Oct. 15.

Photographer: Rebecca Noble/Bloomberg

Adrian Fontes doesn’t like terms like “election denier” and “disinformation.” He prefers “‘Stop the Steal’ crowd” and “liars.”

That’s how the 52-year-old former US Marine, Arizona’s Democratic candidate for secretary of state, refers to people who spread conspiracies claiming former President Donald Trump really won the 2020 vote.