Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Reports of Chicanery, Fraud, and "Missing Ballot Trucks" After Iowa Caucuses

Reports of Chicanery, Fraud, and "Missing Ballot Trucks" After Iowa Caucuses
Wed Jan 04 2012 20:53
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A late and Crazy Night in Iowa Raises Eyebrows and Suspicion

The "results" are in from Iowa and Mitt Romney narrowly defeated Rick Santorum by a mere 8 votes, while Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished a close third, falling behind by roughly 4,000 votes. The result basically means a 3-way tie, as Romney, Santorum, and Paul gain nearly identical numbers of delegates to the GOP convention. However, even though the mainstream media has a definitive winner in the vote count and a host of new story lines to trump up, Tuesday night's vote isn't without controversy.
Firstly, there's the meteoric rise of Rick Santorum's campaign. With less than a week to go, Pollsters such as Rassmussen had Santorum in a distant third with a scant 16% of the vote. The media line over New Year's eve weekend was that Santorum would benefit from endorsements by clergy on Sunday, as Santorum is perceived to be a pro-life candidate.
Those reports suspiciously coincided with the announcement that Iowa's final vote count would betabulated at a "secret location to ensure that they were not disrupted, or subject to an "occupy-style" protest. GOP officials moved forward with the plan even though occupy movement leaders insisted that they had no plans for a protest.
Secondly, Santorum's rise is especially surprising considering that it was reported that he had drawn exceptionally small crowds at appearances in Iowa. He didn't have the ground game compared to Paul or Romney and it seems that his nearly ten percentage point gain in the space of about 3 days is almost unprecedented. This comes on the heels of a FoxNews reporter saying yesterday: (Full Article:
“Is it possible that the party apparatus here could be silently asking those District Chairmen to start swaying some important caucus members over to the anti-Paul side which may end up being Santorum…do you see a scenario like that happening,” he asked Benkie.
“I’ve talked to the party officials, I know they’re concerned about it,” said Benkie, adding, “Ron Paul doesn’t do us any good in Iowa, doesn’t do the country any good, will never get there, so let’s figure out what we need to do.”
Benkie said that the GOP establishment was concerned about splitting the vote between Santorum and Romney because it could increase the chances of a Ron Paul win, remarking, “We really don’t want Ron Paul to win.”
“I kind of think they’re going to keep him from getting the number one spot because they are concerned,” said Benkie, adding that the party apparatus were “tight-knit” and “trying to figure out” how to “deal with the Paul-bots,” an arrogant characterization of Ron Paul’s supporters.
“They’re not going to want him to get number one, it’s very bad for Iowa, it’s terrible,” said Benkie, adding that she hopes for her “friends” that Paul is not victorious.
There is also the Issue of the "missing ballot trucks", that various media outlets reported on last night. It seems that something held up the final vote count much longer than most people, including the media, had expected. It cannot be confirmed at this time whether or not the "missing ballot truck" reports are true. However, this story, coupled with the long delay, combined with the "secret counting location", and it is not hard to wonder why some eyebrows have been raised. It is at least, fair to say that something different, or unexpected happened last night. From
Until the last percent was counted, all national news networks were delayed in waiting for 2 precincts to report their result. This was done, according to Bret Baier and the Fox News team (later denied by the Iowa GOP)

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