In the last 8 US presidential elections, a 30-year span since 1992, Democrats won 5 and GOP won 3. In two of those GOP wins, Bush in 2000 and Trump in 2016, the winner won the Electoral College vote while losing the national popular vote. Only once in the last 30 years, in 2004, has the GOP won the national popular vote.
In 2020, Trump’s failed re-election bid resulted from a 66.7% voter turnout, the largest in modern times. The previous high voter turnout, 62.8% was in 1960 (Kennedy narrowly defeated Nixon). Compare those to the 55.7% voter turnout in 2016.
In 2020, voting in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin reversed narrow GOP wins in 2016. In Georgia and Arizona, once dependable GOP strongholds, voters went Democratic. Since then, the GOP has claimed – without any evidence – that massive voter fraud caused their loss. On 6 January 2021, an attempted coup failed to keep Trump in office. Since then, GOP state legislators have introduced many bills (as many as 440 in 49 states), aimed at restricting voter turnout.
Republicans are well aware of this 30-year record of losing nationwide popular votes. This is why they’ve opposed any reform or elimination of the Electoral College. And it’s why they’re so determined to restrict the turnout of voters in future elections. They admit they can’t win power in the national government with fair elections.
This trend has gone so far that for the 2022 elections the GOP has made it standard party-line dogma that any election they loose must be fraudulent. The reality is quite different. The GOP knows it can't win without gerrymandering or interfering with legal elections – resulting in their stealing or attempting to steal elections.