Republicans Still Fighting in the Fifth District

by Dick Hall-Sizemore

Republicans are still fighting each other over the primary results in the Fifth Congressional District. 

As reported by Cardinal News, Bob Good is still contesting his loss in the Congressional primary and a candidate for Lynchburg City Council has filed suit to invalidate the results.

According to the latest tally, Good, the incumbent, trails John McGuire by 376 votes. He raises three objections to certifying the election:

  • Fire alarms went off in three precincts. Good claims the odds are against that being a coincidence. However, the cause of each fire alarm going off has been identified as innocuous. Furthermore, no potential voters were turned away.
  • Ballot tabulation in Albemarle County began without a Good representative present. Good won the vote in the county and his current percentage (almost 55 percent) is virtually the same as the unofficial percentage on election night. Therefore, it is hard to see that anything untoward was going on.
  • Unsecured drop box. A dropbox in Lynchburg was left unsecured and ballots were found and counted days after it should have been checked. For a party that is constantly voicing complaints about “election integrity” and is now in charge of the electoral process, this is embarrassing. On the practical level, however, only seven ballots were involved, not enough to have influenced any election.

The margin between Good and McGuire is 0.6 percent of the total number of votes cast, small enough to entitle Good to request a recount. However, because it is greater than 0.5 percent, he would have to pay for it. Cardinal News estimates the cost would be greater than $100,000.

In the city of Lynchburg Republican primary contest for a council seat, incumbent Chris Faraldi was being challenged by Peter Alexander, who was backed by Marty Misjuns, the maverick council member who has been censured by the council majority.  (See “Showdown in Hill City.) Final voting totals show Faraldi winning by 33 votes. In his suit, Alexander alleges that the registrar received 125 absentee ballots, but the records do not show they were ever counted.

Unlike Good, Alexander does not have the option to request a recount. The 33-vote margin between the two candidates is 1.6 percent of the total 2,051 votes cast. State law allows for a recount when the margin is 1.0 percent or less. Consequently, he is taking the unusual step of suing to have the election invalidated.

The State Board of Elections meets tomorrow to officially certify the election results.

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12 responses to “Republicans Still Fighting in the Fifth District”

  1. LarrytheG Avatar

    Of course , loose control on purpose always allows subsequent claims of "irregularities" of the "tip of the iceberg" variety. Evil thoughts here ,eh?

    1. how_it_works Avatar

      Well, Larry, you should never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by incompetence.

      1. LarrytheG Avatar

        …but is there such a thing as purposeful incompetence.. and I KNOW without a doubt you
        DO have an opinion about that! 😉

        1. Stephen Haner Avatar
          Stephen Haner

          The voters they are discouraging with all this nonsense are their own voters. Stunning that they have not yet figured this out. Maybe not stunning.

          1. LarrytheG Avatar

            Indeed. But looks like "irregularities" excuse perhaps is now a strategy for whoever loses…not matter Dem or GOP? 😉

  2. Nancy Naive Avatar
    Nancy Naive

    Shelly Simonds he ain’t.

  3. WayneS Avatar

    I live in the 5th and I have not seen any fighting in the streets…


    1. Lefty665 Avatar

      Ditto, and not even much grumbling.

      1. Stephen Haner Avatar
        Stephen Haner

        Good and McGuire would/will vote the same 98.6% of the time. They are just fighting over the salary and perks.

        1. WayneS Avatar

          Meet the new boss,
          Same as the old boss…

  4. Stephen Haner Avatar
    Stephen Haner

    Four years have gone by and the f^%#)!! idiots still have NOT figured out that by raising all these ridiculous claims, they are discouraging their own voters from coming out. Given the wind he was sailing into (Trump AND McCarthy), Good has nothing to be ashamed of, but they got him.

    1. energyNOW_Fan Avatar

      Good was Bad…depending on your point of view.

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