Keep Both Eyes on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Recount

If we had honest news media, you would have seen this splashed across every front page today. Conservative Brian Hagedorn beat liberal Lisa Neubauer yesterday by 6,000 votes in a race to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court.

Neubauer outspent Hagedorn by more than 14 to 1. Outside groups came into the state to campaign against him.  Democrats thought they had momentum on their side, because they finally had defeated Governor Scott Walker last year, and they reelected Senator Tammy Baldwin.

Attacking Christian Beliefs

But Neubauer, state Democrats, and their allies from outside the state overplayed their hand. They attacked Hagedorn for his Christian beliefs. They attacked him for having founded a school based on Christian principles.  They called the mainstream Biblical doctrine the school taught about sexuality and marriage “hate speech.”

The voters of Wisconsin are a little tired of being called bigots. Instead of keeping their views behind closed doors like a private vice, they turned out in record numbers for an off-off-year election and voted for Brian Hagedorn.

Beware Recount Fraud

Neubauer has called for a recount, of course, and the devil really is in the details. When Democrats call for recounts after losing close elections, they have an uncanny knack for finding “lost” votes. Over the last 20 years, we have seen them try to steal elections in broad daylight, most famously in Broward County, Florida. (Or in neighboring Minnesota 2008, when Al Franken “found” just enough ballots in the trunk of a car to overturn Norm Coleman’s victory.)

Hagedorn and the state Republican Party had better have well-trained observers in every precinct, closely observing the vote count. If you know people living in Wisconsin, send them this article and tell them to call the local GOP and ask how they can help. The Republican National Committee and the Republican National Lawyers Association should be calling for volunteers from all over the country to head to Wisconsin to help guarantee ballot security.

Hagedorn’s victory may be stolen by the Democrats, but it has sent a shock wave through both political parties. It confirms what President Trump has known for two years: that Wisconsin is a battleground state for 2020, and that standing up for freedom of religion wins elections. If the election is run honestly, Wisconsin will vote again for Trump.

This also should be a stark reminder to the Republican political leadership, from the RNC and other party committees, to the White House, to every county committee in the country. They must have a very strong battle plan to ensure the integrity of the voter rolls and the security of ballots for the 2020 election. Democrats are already planning how to steal it. They won’t be caught off guard again.

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Bart Marcois

Bart Marcois (@bmarcois) was the principal deputy assistant secretary of energy for international affairs during the Bush administration. Additionally, Marcois served as a career foreign service officer with the State Department.

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