Oregon GOP rejects Biden win as 'Banana Republic' election
It appears Oregon Republican Party leaders won't be sending a congratulations card to former U.S. Vice President and now President-elect Joe Biden anytime soon.
Media outlets from Fox News to the Associated Press began calling the presidential election for Biden on Saturday, Nov. 7, as vote tallies in several key swing states created an insurmountable deficit in the Electoral College for President Donald Trump.
Trump hasn't conceded — instead launching a nationwide legal battle, calling for recounts and alleging voter fraud.
The Oregon Republican Party contests the election results as well, most notably in a news release headlined: "STOP THE STEAL."
"We condemn the intentional lack of critical safeguards, covert counting of potentially illegal balloting and suspicious vote tallies in several Democrat-run states deciding the Presidential Election," said Oregon GOP Chairman Bill Currier. "We want every legal vote counted and every illegal vote thrown out."
Without specifically calling into question the results in Oregon, Currier knocked the vote-by-mail system implemented for the first time in other states due to public health concerns and questioned the accuracy of voter rolls.
"The rapid, sloppy implementation within just a few months of the vote by mail in the highly contested swing states has been done without even Oregon's safeguards, using deeply flawed voter rolls," said Currier, dealing "a crushing blow to public confidence in the outcome of the Presidential election."
To be sure, rumors of voter fraud have spread like wildfire across the Internet — though many of the claims have not held up under scrutiny. Trump's legal team has submitted affidavits in multiple states involving allegations of voter fraud, but has been met with little success so far.
"We continue to stand with President Trump and with the rule of law," said Currier.
Others stay silent
While Oregon Democrats have been quick to celebrate Biden's apparent victory — to the point of spontaneous dance parties breaking out in downtown Portland — some of the state's most prominent Republicans have remained silent.
Outgoing U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, hasn't publicly commented on the election results, nor has his successor, Republican Cliff Bentz.
In Salem, Oregon House Republican Leader Christine Drazan and Senate Minority Leader Fred Girod have also stayed mum.
Some of their colleagues have been more outspoken.
Remember the media hired polling companies and then lied to you about a massive Biden lead and blue wave up until Election Day.— E. Werner Reschke ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ (@EWReschke) November 10, 2020
Now the media are lying to you saying Biden has already won.
How many times do you have to be lied to before you no longer listen to the media?
State Rep. E. Werner Reschke, R-Klamath Falls, cast doubt on the media's reporting on election results, alleging that "the media are lying to you saying Biden has already won."
"The State-Run Media called the election when there are plenty of interesting things going on in some hotly contested states," said state Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas.
Rep. Bill Post, R-Keizer, agreed, saying the "White House is not decided."
Up in the air
Kevin Hoar, spokesman for the Oregon GOP, told Pamplin Media the political party believes several state races have been prematurely called by the media in favor of the Democrats — but didn't say the results were fraudulent.
Hoar said the GOP wasn't ready to call the ball game in Senate District 10, House District 31 or House District 52.
Republican Denyc Boles trails Democrat Deb Patterson by about 500 votes as of Nov. 11 in District 10, Democrat Brad Witt leads Republican Brian G. Stout by almost 550 votes in District 31 and Democrat Anna Williams has a 175-vote lead on Republican Jeff Helfrich in District 52.
Regarding the House races, Hoar said: "I think both of them were called on election night by most of the media, and we're not exactly huge fans of how the races have been called."
The spokesman said the state GOP has begun efforts to restore ballots with mismatching signatures in those districts.
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