Ralph Lopez, HubPages - March 8, 2020
Wildly divergent exit polls in South Carolina and Massachusetts, and documented voting problems in California and Texas, have prompted veteran election watchers to suggest that there may have been election fraud and voter suppression on Super Tuesday, always at the expense of the Bernie Sanders vote.
Edison Research/CNN polls show 4 point and 7 point discrepancies in South Carolina and Massachusetts, respectively, between the computer-tallied vote totals and exit polling. Exit polls are considered by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to be one reliable, although not in itself conclusive, indicator of election fraud. Election fraud may be perpetrated by hacking of vote tabulation machines, or reporting incorrect results that are different from the tally tapes from each machine.
Although exit polls may be wrong, which even among experts are considered just one limited but useful tool for detecting fraud, it is more unusual when the errors always point in the same direction. The both SC and MA, exit polls showed Sanders doing better than the official vote tallies.
In South Carolina, where Joe Biden scored what was described extensively in the media as the "Biden Bounce," Biden gained nearly five points in the official tally over the exit poll projection, and an astonishing seven points in the official tally in Massachusetts. The typical margin of error for Edison Research polls is 3%.
Owner of TDMSResearch.com Theodore de Macedo Soares wrote of Massachusetts after the primaries:
"The 2020 Massachusetts Democratic Party presidential primary was held on March 3, 2020. Election results from the computerized vote counts differed significantly from the results projected by the exit poll conducted by Edison Research and published by CNN at poll’s closing. As in the 2016 Massachusetts primary between candidates Sanders and Clinton, disparities greatly exceed the exit poll’s margin of error. Sanders won Massachusetts in the exit poll and lost it in the computer count."
Soares has noted that it is particularly suspicious when other exit polls seem to be quite accurate in other contests, or with respect to candidates of little interest. In 2016, exit polls between Hillary Clinton and Sanders were off in a manner which favored Clinton, but were always within a point of being accurate in other races.
Bernie Sanders polled a one point victory over Biden in 2020 Massachusetts exit polls, but in the official tally Biden scored a nearly seven point win. Biden's victory in SC would have been whittled down by four points had exit polling been correct, but Biden nevertheless would have won massively in the early primary state.
Sanders won handily in California, but his haul of delegates might have been even greater had more people been able to vote at walk-in polling stations. In a rare piece of mainstream journalism, the Wall Street Journal editorial board denounced the conduct of the California primary in "California Steals Its Own Election: Voting reforms create an electoral mess and deny Sanders a bigger win." ...
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