Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley speaks during a campaign event in Bedford, New Hampshire, on April 26, 2023.
CNN  — 

From statehouses to the presidential campaign trail, Republicans are escalating their political attacks on transgender people – a reflection of what they see as a cultural fight their base is eager to wage.

Despite a poorer-than-expected showing in last fall’s midterm elections when various GOP candidates campaigned on anti-transgender rhetoric, many conservatives have only amplified their attacks this year.