Republicans Pick Up A House Seat Following Judgement

( A New York judge on Friday rejected claims by former Democratic Rep. Ted Brindisi that a voting machine undercounted votes in the hundreds, handing a victory to Republican challenger Claudia Tenney.

Isn’t it funny how Democrats can challenge election results, but when Republicans do it, it’s an “insurrection”?

Brindisi’s lawyers requested a hand recount of the 325,000 votes cast in the House election and argued that Oswego County voting machines hadn’t counted the ballots properly. Marc Elias, who is a prominent election lawyer used by the Democrats, made the claim in a Monday court filing. However, the judge’s decision to dismiss the claim means that Claudia Tenney picked up the House seat.

If you thought you’d heard the name Elias before, you may know him from his part in the Russiagate scandal. Elias played a part in commissioning the phoney Steele dossier during the 2016 election after hiring research firm Fusion GPS on behalf of the Hillary Clinton campaign as well as the Democratic National Committee. The dossier, which contained inaccurate information and fabricated claims about Donald Trump’s “links” to Russia, was used to justify a years-long FBI investigation that ultimately found zero evidence of Russian collusion.

Supreme Court Judge Scott J. DelConte rejected Elias’s claim of ballot miscounting and told the New York state board of elections to certify their 22nd district election results.

In his riling, DelConte said that “no votes cast by dead people were counted.”

“The only claim of voter fraud…was rejected on its face for insufficient proof,” he added.

The judge added that there are “no unresolved discrepancies with the machine counts from the Boards’ December canvasses, and there were no discrepancies with the machine counts in the manual audit tallies from the Boards’ November canvasses.”

Tenney will return to the House after losing the seat in the 2018 midterms to Brindisi.

The Republican victory means that the House of Representatives now has 212 Republican members and 221 Democrats. There are two vacant seats.

It means that, in order to take back control of the House in 2022, Republicans only need between five and seven additional seats. And with President Joe Biden already doing so much damage to the economy, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.