Sen. Ted Cruz won a stunning winner-take-all victory in the Utah Caucus Tuesday night, nabbing all 40 delegates.
Or did he?
That’s what many Republicans are asking after a report cast doubt on the veracity of that caucus, claiming that poll workers handed out multiple ballots to voters – and never bothered to check the IDs or credentials of the voters.
One of the voters described the caucus as a vote with “no apparent controls, no credential checks, no ID checks and ballots being handed around like napkins,” with at least 250 ballots passed out to only 120 voters.
“I literally had over 50 ballots in my hand,” the voter wrote on the Godlike Productions forum. “We were told to mark our vote and place our ballot in a tin can.”
He posted a photo of his stack of ballots:
“They then asked for a volunteer to hold the can and at this point, most people filed out the door.”
And when he went to visit another precinct caucus, he was handed another ballot without being asked for ID.
He even reported on questionable handling of absentee ballots:
Someone walks in the room with an envelopes STUFFED full of “absentee” ballots – some envelopes having 2-5+ ballots. I raised a question and said, ‘isn’t there an absentee process already in place? Didn’t people have to register for that last week?’ and was told “Oh no, this is completely normal”. I was in Party leadership for 6 years and no, this is absolutely not normal.
I then asked if I could observe the vote count, and I was told my observations where not needed and to leave the area while the ballots were being counted.
“As I left the building, I started overhearing results coming back from other precincts:Overwhelmingly numbers for Cruz, like 70-90% or more,” the voter added. “In one precinct Cruz got around 100, Trump had 2, Kasich 0.”
“Bottom line: They basically are going to post whatever the hell numbers they want.”
The result was critical, as a winner of the Utah Caucus needed to exceed the 50% level to be handed all 40 delegates, in a winner-take-all scenario.
Depite Cruz polling no higher than 42% in the latest Deseret/KSL poll March 15th, he ended up with a staggering 69.2% of the caucus ballots in his favor.