Suggesting either intentional manipulation or gross incompetence, the reported vote totals in many of the state’s smaller counties on the Democratic side simply don’t pass the smell test. Take, for instance, Yoakum County. On the Republican side, a total of 1,070 votes were cast and Romney carried the county with 66%. On the Democratic side, no one voted. Yes, you read that right, not a single vote was reported. According to the Texas Secretary of State, both of Yoakum’s precincts have reported in and no one voted.
It’s not just Yoakum County, it’s all across the state. In Ochiltree County, the Secretary of State shows 10 votes in the Democratic primary and 1,486 votes in the Republican primary. It’s a heavily Republican county, no doubt, but 122 Democrats went to the polls there in 2008′s primary.
Briscoe County reports 23 Democratic votes, down from 274 in 2008.
In Lynn County, Darcy Richardson and Barack Obama tied with 2 votes each, John Wolfe got 1 vote. So that’s 5 votes in a county where 647 Democrats voted in 2008?
The Democratic turnout in some of these counties isn’t just low, it’s downright suspicious. Winkler County, another one where both precincts have been listed as fully reported and we have ZERO votes, down from 366 in 2008! You’re telling me that the people working the polls on Election Day didn’t even vote?
Apparently no Democrats voted in Kimble County, either… a place where almost 300 Democrats voted in 2008.
These are just random examples I’ve found, as Texas requires you to look at each county’s returns one at a time.
Almost 200 people voted in the Democratic primary in Sherman County back in 2008. This time around, we had a three-way tie with Obama, Wolfe and Richardson each polling 1 of the 3 total votes reported by the county. Three votes!
With a U.S. Senate primary, numerous Congressional races and many local elections also on the ballot, these numbers are just too strange to ignore.