The Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore late yesterday filed a complaint to block certification of the special election which resulted in the first Democrat to win Senate seat from Alabama in 25 years.
“The purpose of the complaint is to preserve evidence of potential election fraud and to postpone the certification of Alabama’s Special Election by Secretary of State John Merrill until a thorough investigation of potential election fraud, that improperly altered the outcome of this election, is conducted,” Moore’s campaign said.
The complaint, like the Moore campaign itself, is very odd. It contains the results of a polygraph test administered by “a licensed member of the Alabama Association of Polygraph Examiners, which Moore claims proves “that I did not know, nor had I eveer had any sexual contact with any of these individuals” — referring to the claims made by several women that Moore had inappropriate contact with them when they were minors.
The complaint also, according to Bryan Lyman, state government reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser, includes page after page of comments from Breitbart News readers, who are Moore supporters.
— Brian Lyman (@lyman_brian) December 28, 2017
Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon eagerly supported the Moore campaign, despite the allegations against Moore, and was able to get the president to do the same at the end of the campaign.
But Breitbart’s editor-in-chief, Alex Marlow, admitted in an interview with CNN’s Oliver Darcy that the allegations against Moore were credible in his view, and that the positive coverage and support for Roy Moore was motivated by a desire to protect Donald Trump.
“I think that’s the playbook here. And I think it’s part of the reason why it was so important for Breitbart to continue our coverage of the way we covered it… and for Steve in particular to hold the line the way he did for — I think part of it is because it’s not just about Judge Moore, it is not even just about establishment, anti-establishment,” Marlow told CNN’s Darcy. “It’s about what’s coming next for President Trump.”
Despite Breitbart and the president’s best efforts, Moore lost to Democrat Doug Jones by over 22,000 votes, but Moore has yet to concede the election.Moore first said that he would not concede until after all the overseas military ballots were counted (they amount to just over 300 ballots); now Moore is claiming fraud, saying that because the eventual turnout exceeded the estimates by the state’s secretary of state, that this shows that there were inappropriate ballots cast on election day.
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