With a Recount in Pennsylvania and a Runoff in Alabama, It’s Anything Goes Through November – Opinion

This is what the legacy media confirmed: Dr. Mehmet Oz, television personality and newly elected politician in Pennsylvania will face David McCormick, former Under Secretary for the Treasury and CEO of a hedge fund.

RedState reported that on May 17 the race was tied with McCormick, who wanted to win over Oz. However, as more counting was done, McCormick’s lead began to evaporate and he made an adversarial move, as our sister site Townhall reported.

On Monday afternoon, McCormick filed a lawsuit to force Pennsylvania election officials to count absentee and mail-in ballots *even* if the outer envelope does not have a date handwritten on it along with a voter’s signature as Pennsylvania’s election code requires.

These are dangerous lands to be on after the past year-and-a half. McCormick nevertheless went.

As the complaint alleges, some county election boards in Pennsylvania “refuse to count ballots where the voter failed to handwrite a date on the envelope but otherwise complied with all applicable requirements, and where the Boards stamped the envelope with the date the Boards received the absentee ballot.” McCormick further claims that such refusal to count ballots that don’t meet the requirements set forth in Pennsylvania “violates the protections of the right to vote under the federal Civil Rights Act and the Pennsylvania Constitution.”

The state GOP and the RNC have refused to back McCormick’s play, and allowed the process of Pennsylvania’s electoral rules and laws to proceed.

We are here, therefore.


Trump’s endorsement of Oz has had its share of controversy, as has pulling his endorsement from Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks.

Trump’s retraction was deemed by many a fatal blow, but it ended up giving new traction to Brooks’ race. Brooks was able to prevent Katie Britt (former chief of staff for retiring Senator Richard Shelby) and Mike Durant, from getting to 50 percent. Brooks will be facing Britt in a second round election. Britt wants a debate to take place before that.

“My thought is, let’s have at it,” Brooks said Tuesday night. “If you can defend these attack ads that your team has launched against me, I dare you. You know what? I’m going to be able to expose them for the scurrilous lies that they are, that has orchestrated this campaign with a lot of out of state money, a lot of Mitch McConnell money, a lot of open borders and cheap foreign labor money.

“And if we have those kinds of debates, she better bring whatever she wants to wear to be ready to duke it out. Because it’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be no holds barred. It’ll be Muhammad Ali.”

Katie Britt seems to not be open to this idea.

A Wednesday inquiry by the Britt campaign regarding their position in a debate did not receive a response.

With what appears to be much of Alabama media carrying Katie Britt’s water and presumptively projecting that she will win, why muddy the waters?

Britt’s success at the polls Tuesday may signal that she does not need to take part in a debate. Though she failed to win more than 50% of the vote to avoid the runoff, she received the most votes in 62 of Alabama’s 67 counties. Brooks beat Britt in Madison’s home county by almost 2,000 votes. Britt won by only 34 votes in Limestone County.

Brooks won Britt in a neighboring county by less than 1 percent of votes. This is Morgan County.

Brooks won Shelby County, Birmingham’s metro area by less than 1 percent and rural Blount County by 141 votes (less that 2%) outside of Birmingham.

Both Senate elections can be viewed as indicators of a larger national trend, which I concluded in Wednesday’s analysis. The typical electoral pattern may not be apparent, but it’s possible to see anything through November. No clear trend exists that endorses count or that someone who appears to be on the winning side will actually win. It is obvious that voters don’t want to be patronized and pigeonholed. They prefer to scrutinize the candidates for their purposes, then choose their preferred candidate.

It should.

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