Republican congressional candidates have joined the electoral fraud allegations of President Donald Trump after losing a handful of Senate and House elections last week, while others have made concessions to the commander-in-chief.
A handful of GOP hopeful chiefs who lost their races in Michigan, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Maryland expressed “deep concern” about election fraud and other alleged “irregularities” in the voting process when the Trump campaign filed complaints making similar allegations.
Charlotte Bergmann, the Republican candidate in Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District, claimed on Friday that “several” of her volunteer election observers had witnessed election fraud in Shelby County.
The candidate also shared a post with President Trump and demanded that officials “stop counting” on Thursday, arguing that there were “many reasons” for the tellers to “stop the fraud” before all the votes were counted. Bergmann lost to Democratic candidate Steve Cohen by more than 57 percentage points and nearly 140,000 votes.
In the 7th Congressional District of Maryland, which covers much of Baltimore, Bergmann’s GOP colleague Kimberly Klacik tweeted that she “agreed” to a post by Trump, who quoted former Speaker of Parliament Newt Gingrich when he said the election had been stolen.
“I beat my opponent on the day of the early voting & personally along with the absentees,” Klacik said. “However, 97k mailings in ballots were found in his favor? Fortunately, we have collected enough money to do research”.
Democrat Kweisi Mfume beat Klacik by a large margin of more than 43 points and slightly less than 130,000 votes. The Republican, who has since yielded, won only 28.1 percent of the district vote.
“I am going to the Los Angeles County Registrar’s Office in Norwalk today to verify the vote count,” Errol Webber, the GOP candidate for the 37th California District, wrote on Monday. “I will NOT give in. Every LEGAL vote must be counted!”
Once again, the supposedly Republican legislature was outshone by its Democratic rival and won only 13.8 percent of the vote, according to the latest New York Times count.
Over in Pennsylvania, where the Trump re-election campaign filed a lawsuit on Monday, the 17th District GOP candidate, Sean Parnell, has so far refused to give in to the competition and called on the authorities to “investigate irregularities” after losing just over 2 percentage points.
The Republican Senate candidate for Michigan, John James, took a similar tone last Thursday, issuing a statement expressing “deep concern” about the conduct of the election.
“While Senator Peters is currently in the lead, I have deep concerns that millions of Michigans may have been disenfranchised by a few dishonest, fraudulent individuals,” he said. “When this trial is over, I will of course accept the results and the will of the people, but at that time there is enough credible evidence to warrant an investigation to ensure that the elections were conducted in a transparent, legal and fair manner.
The challenger still refuses to abandon the race after it was decided in favor of Democrat Gary Peters, who leads by 1.6 points, with 2 percent of the estimated votes still to be counted, according to the New York Times.
Washington Newsday has contacted the Klacik, Bergmann, James and Parnell campaigns for further details and comments. This article will be updated with any responses.
While some of the GOP Down Ballot candidates refused to accept the results of their races while complaining about alleged fraud, other Republicans have given in silently and thanked their teams.
Mark Ronchetti, the Republican Senate candidate for New Mexico, tweeted that it had been “an honor” for him to run for the upper house, while accepting that his team of volunteers “might not have gotten the results we wanted” on election day.
Jesse Jensen, the Republican challenger for Washington’s 8th Congressional District, struck a similar chord on Friday as his race remained in limbo.
“We must respect the process. If there is proven fraud, we must use the legal process. I have zero irregularity in my race