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Friday, December 11th, 2020

Loren Culp pulls a Trump, sues Washington State to overturn the election he just lost

A few weeks ago, Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee cruised to reelec­tion by a his­toric mar­gin, secur­ing about 57% of the vote, just as our polling had fore­cast that he would. Now, a lit­tle more than a month lat­er, Inslee’s defeat­ed Repub­li­can oppo­nent Loren Culp is attempt­ing to con­test the results of the elec­tion in court, base­less­ly alleg­ing fraud and foul play with­out so much as a shred of evidence.

Culp and his cam­paign man­ag­er appear to have con­clud­ed that by pre­tend­ing they nev­er lost, they can go on sep­a­rat­ing fools from their mon­ey for months to come, just like the Trumps are doing at the fed­er­al level.

So they’re suing Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman, Wash­ing­ton’s only remain­ing Repub­li­can office­hold­er, to over­turn the elec­tion results.

Specif­i­cal­ly, they are demand­ing that a King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court judge require that Wyman and the exist­ing state gov­ern­ment be “enjoined from plac­ing into office any indi­vid­ual claim­ing to have been elect­ed in the Novem­ber 3, 2020 gen­er­al elec­tion until the paper bal­lots, the vot­ing machines, and the vot­ing results have been exam­ined by a foren­sic audi­tor approved by plaintiff.”

And no, I’m not mak­ing this up.

To file their asi­nine law­suit, they turned to one of Tim Eyman’s best bud­dies: the racist con­spir­a­cy the­o­rist Stephen Pid­geon, who has a long his­to­ry of insti­gat­ing legal actions that go absolute­ly nowhere. Eyman and Pid­geon have been team­ing up for legal stunts all year long, most of them aimed at dis­rupt­ing Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee’s efforts to pro­tect Wash­ing­to­ni­ans from the threat of COVID-19.

I hope that in addi­tion to dis­miss­ing this suit with prej­u­dice, the judge who ends up with this mat­ter sanc­tions Stephen Pid­geon for wast­ing the court’s time. Pid­geon should be fined. At least in a court of law, there ought to be con­se­quences for lying and attempt­ing to pass off fab­ri­ca­tions as facts.

Culp and Pid­geon don’t have as much as one shred of evi­dence that the 2020 elec­tion was con­duct­ed improp­er­ly. That’s right, not so much as one shred. Instead, what they have are a big pile of false allegations.

For exam­ple, they stu­pid­ly allege that the coun­ties’ entire­ly nor­mal incre­men­tal results report­ing proves that the results were “anom­alous”:

Based on infor­ma­tion and belief, there are intol­er­a­ble vot­ing anom­alies found with­in the gen­er­al elec­tion results in Washington.

Although the Culp cam­paign pre­vailed in high­er votes than Trump through­out most of the state, the elec­tion vot­er count data col­lect­ed by Edi­son Research for the state of Wash­ing­ton dur­ing the peri­ods of 11/4/2020 @ 8:11PM through 11/24/2020 @ 4:40PM showed that Trump was lead­ing at the start of the vote counts (11/3/2020 @ 8:11PM), but it was quick­ly lost to Joe Biden on 11/3/2020 @ 8:21PM, when with­in 2 min­utes, Joe Biden received 81.08% of his win­ning votes until 11/3/2020 @ 8:22PM.

Any­one who knows any­thing about elec­tion results report­ing knows that unof­fi­cial elec­tions results change rather quick­ly in the min­utes fol­low­ing the dead­line to return bal­lots. That’s because each coun­ty has to upload its ini­tial tab­u­la­tion to the state, and these uploads nev­er come in at the exact same moment.

Noth­ing about the results report­ing on Novem­ber 3rd was nefar­i­ous or even strange. It was the same famil­iar pat­tern we see in pret­ty much every elec­tion. Because a few small very Repub­li­can coun­ties were the first to get their tab­u­la­tions up, any­one look­ing at vote.wa.gov right after 8 PM would have seen num­bers reflec­tive of the vote in a por­tion of Wash­ing­ton’s rur­al areas only.

It is a fact that Joe Biden and Kamala Har­ris led in every sin­gle count of bal­lots across the state through­out the entire­ty of the Novem­ber 2020 elec­tion by a com­fort­able mar­gin. It is also a fact that Jay Inslee did as well.

Facts, how­ev­er, do not mat­ter to Loren Culp and his crew. Since they did­n’t get the out­come they want­ed, they are attack­ing the process.

They haven’t got a snow­bal­l’s chance of chance of over­turn­ing the result, but that’s not why they’re doing this. They’re doing this because they want to keep the Culp for Gov­er­nor con going as long as pos­si­ble whilst simul­ta­ne­ous­ly under­min­ing the integri­ty of Wash­ing­ton’s elections.

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3 Comments

  1. If this elec­tion was with­in the mar­gin of error, I would under­stand, but this was called with­in hours after the polls close.

    # by Mike Barer :: December 12th, 2020 at 7:26 AM
    • We don’t have polls in Wash­ing­ton State, just acces­si­ble vot­ing cen­ters and same day reg­is­tra­tion sites. 

      It was appar­ent with­in min­utes, not hours, that Inslee was going to win based on the ini­tial returns. Pro­jec­tions, how­ev­er, have no bear­ing on the legit­i­ma­cy of a vic­to­ry. Only the offi­cial, cer­ti­fied returns mat­ter, not who is ahead or by how much on Elec­tion Night. 

      Do you mean the polling mar­gin of error, or the thresh­old defined in state law for a recount? 

      Inslee’s mar­gin of vic­to­ry has no con­nec­tion to the lack of legit­i­ma­cy in this case. Inslee could have won by five hun­dred votes instead of over five hun­dred thou­sand, and this suit would still have zero mer­it. There’s not a sin­gle alle­ga­tion in here with any foun­da­tion whatsoever.

      # by Andrew Villeneuve :: December 12th, 2020 at 11:11 AM
  2. Loren Culp needs to stop spread­ing disinformation. 

    # by Elida Scott :: December 21st, 2020 at 12:20 PM
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