August 24, 2022

About the least surprising result from last night's primaries was Carl Paladino refusing to concede and alleging voter fraud after losing in NY-23. Just par for the course from these ultra MAGA candidates.

Things did not go accordingly to plan for Rep. Elise Stefanik either, as she invested considerable political capital into backing human waste product Republican candidate Carl Paladino, only to see him go down in flames, losing by about 4%.

Source: The Independent

Meanwhile, in New York, perennial Republican candidate Carl Paladino – a Buffalo businessman notorious for a history of racist and incendiary statements – also lost his primary to a mainstream rival, leading a spokesperson to cast doubt on the validity of the results.

“We are seeing a number of statistical irregularities in a number of counties that we will be looking [into] in the coming days,” Vish Burra told local outlet WGRZ. “We want every single legal vote to count.”

Mr Paladino’s campaign had even begun seeding the idea of a compromised primary before voting was finished, with the candidate’s official account sharing stories of irregularities and telling voters to call his “electoral integrity hot line”.

Mr Paladino, who lost the 2010 gubernatorial election to Andrew Cuomo by a 30-point margin, was recently forced to backtrack after remarking that Merrick Garland “should be executed” for authorising the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago.

Earlier this summer, he also apologised for previously invoking Adolf Hitler in an interview and describing him as “the kind of leader we need today”.

Elise Stefanik endorsed Paladino,

Stefanik swiftly backed Paladino in the race over the state party chair — bringing a feud with Langworthy into the spotlight. And she hosted a get out the vote tele-rally for him the day before the polls opened.

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