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California’s recall election makes it abundantly clear: Trump is lying about election fraud

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15.09.2021

California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s landslide victory in Tuesday’s recall election was unsurprising to anyone with a cursory knowledge of the state’s voting habits. The preliminary results also starkly rebuke former president Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated pre-election charge that the vote was rigged.

Trump, as usual, provides no evidence that anything was amiss in Tuesday’s vote. To the extent that he has any reasoning behind his farcical statement, it has to do with his oft-stated belief that widespread use of voting by mail inherently leads to voter fraud. California mailed ballots to all 22 million registered voters for the recall. If Trump’s theory were correct, there would have been significant and inexplicable changes in historic patterns as fraudsters exploited the system for their benefit.

The exact opposite is the case. With about 9.1 million votes tabulated so far, the county-level results show the same patterns that have been the case for years in California elections. Liberal counties in the Bay Area and along the coast voted heavily against the recall while rural counties in the north and east voted for it.........

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