Virginia elections: Fairfax County misses own reporting deadline as conservatives allege foul play
Virginia’s Fairfax County has missed an 8pm reporting deadline during a close gubernatorial race in the state, prompting conservative critics to cry foul, with some already suggesting Democrats are seeking to “steal” the county.
With just over 70% of Virginia’s ballots counted on Tuesday night, Republican Glenn Youngkin led Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe by nearly 10 points, according to a New York Times tally. However, Fairfax, a historically blue county in a historically blue state, has yet to complete reporting its results, missing its own 8pm deadline.Also on rt.com A final stand against Donald Trump, or Republicans’ finest hour? Why Virginia’s election is a referendum on America’s future
Typically among the last counties to report its results, the region could give a major boost to McAuliffe. With just 32% of its ballots counted, the Democrat stood a solid 36 points ahead of Youngkin, taking 68% to the Republican’s 32%.
Though McAuliffe’s campaign claimed a portion of Fairfax’s early ballots needed to be rescanned, it is unclear why, or whether that is the cause of the delay in the county’s reporting, as local officials have yet to address the issue.
Conservative observers online quickly blasted the reporting pause, one even suggesting the county would mysteriously find “just the right amount of votes” to allow the Democratic candidate for governor to take the win.
Will be crazy when Fairfax County finds just the right amount of votes after the rest of the state comes in… https://t.co/8cn3fYV3Gx— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) November 2, 2021
I don’t know what’s going on with the Fairfax County delay and neither do you.But this is why you don’t tell all the people worried about the last election to “shut up and stop being a conspiracy theorist”.You open the books and show them it’s clean. Now, trust is gone.— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) November 3, 2021
Political commentator John Cardillo was even more direct, saying “they’re stealing [the election] in plain sight yet again,” apparently a reference to the 2020 presidential race, in which ex-president Donald Trump alleged widespread voter fraud.
Aaaaaand Fairfax County is delaying reporting. They’re stealing it in plain sight yet again.— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 2, 2021
Despite the delay in Fairfax, however, Decision Desk HQ, a site dedicated to tracking and reporting US election results, has already called the race in Youngkin’s favor, projecting a win for the Republican even without the complete results from one of the state’s bluest counties.
The race in Virginia has been seen by some as a referendum on Democratic governance since the election of President Joe Biden. Though the state is typically a shoo-in for blue candidates, polling ahead of the race showed that Youngkin stood some chance of winning, with some media pundits even forecasting an upset victory for the Republican.Also on rt.com CNN, NBC & Decision Desk HQ forecast Republican Glenn Youngkin to win Virginia governor election
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