Archive for February 5, 2012
By Robert Wanek
Caucuses are a hotbed for corruption. Votes can be changed, tossed, or miscounted at almost any time in some caucus settings. Transparency has been eliminated in the process as some counties wisp their results away to a secret location to tally the vote totals. Over 900 ‘dead people’ cast their votes in South Carolina and Iowa GOP Chairman Matt Strawn recently stepped down amidst vote controversy. News coverage surrounding the Paul campaign has highlighted his failure to place first in 4 early contests, but online forums and organizations have been labeling voter fraud a potential culprit. The media is not reporting on Congressman Paul’s record breaking event crowds of over 3,000 in St. Cloud, 1,500 in Colorado, and other audiences trending the same numbers throughout the campaign. The Paul team is a well-oiled grassroots machine and has always been expected to perform exceptionally well, and even win in the caucus states.
With that being said Ron Paul led 4 out 5 Iowa Caucus polls in the days before the event but eventually fell to third place. Paul led FOX, CNN, and MSNBC entrance polls and with 27% of the precincts reporting he was leading the field. Slowly as the tallies updated Paul fell to second behind mitt Romney and then suddenly to third behind Santorum by a few thousand votes. Ron Paul drew in crowds of over 1,300 while Santorum spoke to as few as 75 people at some Iowa rallies. In Nevada the entrance polls showed Congressman Paul edging out the Speaker and hovering around the 20% range, tying Newt at 17% among somewhat conservative voters. Beating Gingrich 35% to 11% among Moderately Liberal voters and trailing him 23% to 16% among tea party supporters.
After the first round of votes was reported by CNN Paul and Gingrich were virtually tied at 800 with Paul leading 19% to 18%. A few updates later and Gingrich experiences a surge to 23% while Ron drops one point. With 48% of the precincts reporting at 4:50 a.m. Central Time the vote totals have not changed for nine hours, Newt topples Ron 26% to 19%. There’s one problem that has emerged, Clark County has not released it’s votes. An important largely populous county home to Las Vegas is not reporting? With 94% of the votes unreleased Romney bests Paul for first with 55% to 29% or 400 votes to 157. Keep in mind with less than a majority of the state reporting the headlines are being bannered across every major newspaper and television program reading ‘Romney Wins Nevada.’
Paul supporters attended a special religious caucus at a Jewish Private School in Clark County, a school named after Casino big-wig and Gingrich supporter Sheldon Adelson. Reports by the Los Angeles Times indicate that 17 speakers stumped for Paul at the caucus and less than five spoke for the remaining candidates. Paul’s support was labeled ‘Dominant’ and led to a ‘Crushing’ victory garnering 183 votes to Romney’s 61. Gingrich and Santorum combined for 73 votes. Despite this reported vote total Paul remains stalled at 157 votes according every source of results.
The delay in the vote count/release process is very suspicious and voter fraud may indeed be relevant in Clark County. If Ron Paul turned out similar crowds to other caucus sites and challenged Romney for a first place finish in Clark I think we deserve to know, immediately.
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The voting ended half a day ago. The networks have called the race. The GOP presidential candidates have delivered their speeches and left the state.
And, still, party officials in Nevada’s largest county continue to count the vote.
“We are going to get this right,” Clark County Chairman David Gibbs told the Las Vegas Sun today. “If it takes us a little bit of time to get it rights, we are going to take the time.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was declared the victor of the Nevada caucuses Saturday evening, based on results from the rest of the state and entrance polls conducted by major media organizations.
With 70 percent of the vote counted, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was in second place, with U.S. Rep. Ron Paul trailing in third by just shy of 1,000 votes.
After working until 4 a.m. Sunday, a handful of a volunteers resumed working through boxes of paper ballots this morning, verifying the vote count done at each precinct nearly 24 hours ago.
County party officials were unwilling to release the numbers from the precinct counts until each ballot was certified. And they are doing it all by hand.
“We want to make sure the count at the precinct was accurate,” Gibbs said.
With just half of the vote counted, officials have already discovered some discrepancies. In some precincts, the number of ballots did not match the number of voters who signed in to participate in the caucus.
Gibbs said the ballots in those precincts are being set aside so officials can decide how to deal with the problem. He declined to estimate how many votes were in question.
State party secretary Jim DeGraffenreid said they are still determining “the facts” and then will decide how to proceed, but acknowledged the ballots from those precincts may be dumped from the results.
“That is a possibility,” he said.
The mismatched prompted U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign to complain about a “lack of process and poorly run locations.”
A lawyer for Romney’s campaign is watching the count and observers from other campaigns have been invited.
Las Vegas Sun: Nevada State GOP Chair Resignation Effective 12:01am Today
Submitted by joeinmoon Sun, 02/05/2012 – 14:08
Wow! So this is huge:
Anjeanette Damon – @AnjeanetteDamon
To make things even better for the #nvgop, Chairwoman Amy Tarkanian’s resignation took effect at 12:01 a.m. Status of the chair up in air.