Whether it be holding a special caucus for Sheldon Adelson, having more ballots than voters, or shutting down districts who are supportive of non-mainstream candidates, the GOP has pulled out all the stops to get a candidate who will play ball. In Nevada, a state that was extremely supportive of Ron Paul in 2008, the GOP held a special late night caucus for Sheldon Adelson, one of the most powerful casino moguls in Las Vegas, who is singly handedly financing Newt Gingrich’s campaign. The “Adelson Caucus”, as it has become known, was held in a building that Adelson’s money built with the express purpose of allowing Orthodox Jews to vote for Adelson’s candidate. The goal in this particular case: don’t let Ron Paul take second in Nevada. At first, gentiles were turned away from the caucus, but unfortunately for Adelson, Ron Paul supporters eventually stormed his auditorium and forced their way in by signing affidavits claiming they were Jewish. Adelson was so disgruntled that he abandoned his speech and canceled whatever plans he had for the ballot box.
The GOP then moved on to Plan B: stuff the ballots in Clark Country. More than 30 hours after the ballots were cast, the caucus votes were still being counted in Clark County, which accounts for 70% of the vote. Suspiciously, their ballot counting was halted at 4:30 AM, leaving the ballots unattended for a few hours until the representatives of the candidates returned. When they came back, there were more ballots than voters and Newt Gingrich beat Ron Paul, even though the polling showed that Newt was trailing.
Adelson and Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu have also cooperated in the past to thwart Ron Paul’s Presidential ambitions. In the first instance they formed a Super Pac to attack only one candidate: Ron Paul. In the second instance, they barred only one candidate, Ron Paul, from speaking at the Republican Jewish Coalition.
In one of the most egregious cases of voter fraud in American history, the Republican party actually closed down districts in Maine and refused to count districts that were supportive of Ron Paul. In fact, the one district that Ron Paul won in 2008, Washington County, was cancelled by an ardent Mitt Romney supporter because of “bad weather” that never transpired. In Kenenebec and Waldo counties, the districts that voted heavily for Ron Paul were not counted at all because no one phoned in the results. When the results were eventually phoned in after the deadline, they were not counted. In every instance of this happening it was Mitt Romney supporters who were responsible for phoning in the results and Ron Paul votes that were lost.
Other districts in Maine reported results to the GOP, but saw very different vote tallies on the official report that determined the winner. In once case, a Ron Paul supporter made a motion for a transparent vote count before they were sent to party headquarters. The vote count was 8 for Ron Paul and 7 for Romney, which he promptly tweeted. When the results for the county went up on the website it showed 9 for Romney and 2 for Paul. In Belfast Country, the GOP official responsible for calling in the vote totals called the GOP main office to give them the scores and the lady in the main office responded that they already had the figures. The GOP official asked what the main office could possibly have, given that he is the only one who had seen the results, and the main office said they had Romney winning the county, which was not the case.
After announcing the victory for Mitt Romney, the GOP said that even if the counties that were not counted or postponed due to “weather” vote, they will not count towards the final results.