Many predicted that the GOP would blame a loss on allegations of fraud. But no one could guess that the allegations would happen before the election results came in.
“Republicans in Tuesday’s California gubernatorial recall election are already laying the groundwork to argue the election was stolen — even before a single ballot is reported or a victor declared, an increasingly common tactic in conservative circles.
Republican Larry Elder appealed on Monday to his supporters to use an online form to report fraud, which claimed it had ‘detected fraud’ in the ‘results’ of the California recall election ‘resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor.’
The only problem: On Monday when the link was live on Elder’s campaign site, the election hadn’t even happened yet. No results had been released. And Elder was still campaigning to replace Newsom as governor.
‘Statistical analyses used to detect fraud in elections held in 3rd-world nations (such as Russia, Venezuela, and Iran) have detected fraud in California resulting in Governor Gavin Newsom being reinstated as governor,’ the site reads. ‘The primary analytical tool used was Benford’s Law and can be readily reproduced.’
The site added on Monday afternoon a disclaimer saying it was ‘Paid For By Larry Elder Ballot Measure Committee Recall Newsom Committee,’ with major funding from Elder’s gubernatorial campaign.”
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