GOP Rep. Bob Good Cites Suspicious ‘Fires’ In His District On Election Day | EUROtoday

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Rep. Bob Good (R-Va.), the House Freedom Caucus chairman combating for his political life after an in depth main, expressed suspicion Thursday night time about a number of “fires” at polling websites in his district on election day, two days earlier.

Good, whose race continues to be too near name after three days, wrote on social media that “we had 3 ‘fires’ on election day in 3 precincts … Does anyone recall even 1 fire at a precinct on election day?”

In a follow-up publish, he famous: “AI estimates the probability being 0.0000000318% chance.”

Good’s posts appeared to recommend the incidents Tuesday weren’t random. But in all three of the counties that Good cited, elections officers advised HuffPost nothing occurred besides routine hearth alarms going off.

“Steam from the water heater set the alarm off,” mentioned Miriam English, the deputy registrar in Hanover County, a part of Good’s fifth District in south-central Virginia.

The evacuation at a highschool polling website started at roughly 11 a.m. and lasted precisely half-hour, she mentioned. “There were no voters in there.”

Daniel Pense, the voter registrar in Lynchburg County, dwelling of the evangelical Liberty University, mentioned in a press release {that a} temporary evacuation occurred at a polling website on the college for college students who reside on campus, and lasted quarter-hour.

“The Chief of that precinct called to tell me of this alarm and that they needed to evacuate the precinct. He also told me that it was reported to him that there was not a fire, but that the alarm was triggered by cleaning equipment being used in the building,” Pense mentioned.

Good’s marketing campaign acknowledged to HuffPost on Friday that no fires really occurred, solely hearth alarms.

“They were fire alarms [and] they went off resulting in polling locations being evacuated until the alarms were checked out,” Diana Shores, Good’s marketing campaign supervisor, mentioned in an e-mail. “We don’t have any further information.”

When requested particularly if Good is suggesting that his main opponent, state Sen. John McGuire, had one thing to do with the hearth alarms going off on election day, Shores demurred.

No one is suggesting anything,” she mentioned. “Just stating the fact that three precincts were evacuated due to fire alarms going off. We don’t know anything further at this time. We are focused on our canvassing observation efforts.”

McGuire didn’t reply to a request for remark about whether or not he had something to do with these quote-unquote “fires” at precincts.

Good is presently trailing McGuire by greater than 300 votes after making enemies of each former President Donald Trump and former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). If Good loses, he’ll be the primary House Republican to go down in a contested main this cycle.

The GOP congressman cited these election day “fires” in Albemarle, Hanover and Lynchburg counties. McGuire leads Good in two of the three counties.

Good isn’t any stranger to election objections. He’s one of many congressional Republicans who voted in opposition to certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in a number of swing states after elevating considerations about election integrity in these states. There was by no means proof of the widespread voter fraud that Trump and his supporters alleged.