New York Times elections writer Nate Cohn predicted early on that the lead enjoyed by President Trump in Michigan would be cut as ballots from Wayne County, which includes Detroit, start coming in.
But no one could have predicted this.
"New Wayne County ballots will bring Trump lead down to about 1.5 points in Michigan," he tweeted.
The following morning Sean Davis, The Federalist co-founder, discovered an anomaly in Michigan balloting.
"So while everyone was asleep and after everyone went home, Democrats in Michigan magically found a trove of 138,339 votes, and all 138,339 of those 'votes' magically went to Biden?" he asked. "That doesn't look suspicious at all."
Twitter placed a warning on Davis’ tweet, stating, "Some or all of the content shared in this Tweet is disputed and might be misleading about an election or other civic process."
However, just as Davis stated, Joe Biden went from 1,992,356 votes to 2,130,695 votes, a gain of 138,339.
The president held at 2,200,902.
None of the votes went to third-party candidates, either.
National Review Online’s Dan McLaughlin also observed the shift in votes solely for Biden, but said it could be attributed to a typographical error.
"I noted these last night a few minutes apart," he said.
"Please, remember that what looks like election officials discovering big shifts in the voting is actually just somebody in between the vote-counters and the press/websites making a typo or having to juggle multiple streams of data."
However, as of about 10:40am, Trump managed to pick up approximately 320,000 votes, while Biden added an additional 400,000, giving the former vice president a narrow lead.
The third-party candidates also enjoyed a slight gain. It was only during those overnight hours that Biden got a jump in votes to the exclusion of everyone else — to the tune of nearly 140,000.
McLaughlin could be correct, but if hanky-panky is going on in Michigan, you’d best buckle up because you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Pennsylvania is also still counting votes.
We got a hint of what was to come from the Keystone State’s Attorney General Josh Shapiro, when he stated categorically that Trump would be unable to pick up his state —days before the polls even opened.
"If all the votes are added up in PA, Trump is going to lose. That’s why he’s working overtime to subtract as many votes as possible from this process," he said October 31.
"For the record, he’s 0-6 against us in court. We’ve protected voting rights. Now, ignore the noise — vote!"
And sure enough, author and conservative activist Tim Young posted a video allegedly depicting a Republican poll watcher being denied entry into a Philadelphia polling station by a Democratic committeewoman.
Because the committeewoman was clearly wearing a Biden/Harris mask, she was also electioneering.
"Oh look! A Democratic committeewoman in north Philly wearing a Biden mask not letting certified Republican poll watchers into a polling place," Young tweeted. "She ends with ‘that rule ain't worth being followed’ when someone says they should be allowed inside."
Politifact later investigated the incident and found that he was indeed a GOP poll watcher and he was indeed denied entry into the polling station.
"A poll watcher was denied access to one polling site in Philadelphia because the person in charge of that particular polling place was not up to date on the law, which allows watchers to enter any site, not just the ward and division site specified on the watcher’s certificate, said a spokesperson for Philadelphia City Commissioners," Politifact reported.
"The spokesperson also said that the same poll watcher went to another site and was allowed to go in, and there is ‘no evidence that it was a systemic problem.'"
For that reason Politifact said the claim was “half-true.”
No, it was fully true, given the poll watcher was denied entry to that particular location, begging the question, what was going on inside?
- Pennsylvania mail-in ballots won't undergo signature matching. Poll workers will assume the person whose name is on the ballot actually filled it out and mailed it.
- Pennsylvania mail-in ballots will be counted if received on or before Friday whether or not they’re postmarked.
- In Scranton, Biden’s birthplace, voters were told that the ballot scanners were down and instructed to just leave their completed ballots with them and they would be scanned later. Sure.
If the White House is lost — and it’s by no means over yet — the GOP at least still has control of the Senate to act as a firewall. Republicans also picked up seats in the House.
But I’m still cautiously optimistic that Trump will see another four years as president, despite the numerous irregularities.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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