Ted Cruz is calling for an investigation into the Mississippi run-off given the serious allegations of voter fraud. He also slams the Washington DC machine for its unprincipled attack on Chris McDaniel by way of racially charged false attacks aimed at getting Democrats to vote.
What happened in Mississippi was appalling. Primaries are always rough and tumble, but the conduct of the Washington DC machine in the Mississippi run-off was incredibly disappointing.
In that race we know some things and then there are even more serious allegations that have been raised.
What we know at the outset is that Chris McDaniel won a sizeable majority of the votes from Republicans who voted in the run-off.
But the DC machine spent hundreds of thousands of dollars urging some 30,000-40,000 partisan Democrats to vote in the run-off which changed the outcome.
All of want to grow the party. But what the DC machine did was not try to grow the party, but instead the ads they ran were racially charged false attacks and they were explicit promises to continue and expand the welfare state.
And nobody is suggesting that the Democrats who voted in the primary will actually vote Republican in the general election. Instead they were just recruited to decide who the Republican nominee was.
And that’s unprincipled and it’s wrong.
But even more troubling is in the past week or so we’ve seen serious allegations of voter fraud. And I very much hope that no Republican was involved in voter fraud.
But these allegations need to be vigorously investigated and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted.
The voters of Mississippi deserve to know the truth.