Democrat Who Lost to Truck Driver Claims 12000 'Missing' Ballots Mysteriously 'Found'
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney (D) is refusing to concede
New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney, the powerful Democrat who lost his election to a Republican truck driver, is now refusing to concede the race because he claims 12,000 "missing ballots" have mysteriously been "recently found."
High-profile Democrat Sweeney made headlines by losing re-election to Republican challenger Edward Durr.
When Durr was declared the winner by the Associated Press, he held a lead of nearly 4% over Sweeney.
However, Sweeney is refusing to concede the election.
Alarmingly, Sweeney is supporting his decision by making the suspicious claim that thousands of ballots had recently been discovered by officials.
"The results from Tuesday's election continue to come in, for instance, there were 12,000 ballots recently found in one county," Democrat Sweeney told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"While I am currently trailing in the race, we want to make sure every vote is counted," he added.
"Our voters deserve that, and we will wait for the final results."
The claim is not only eye-popping because of the nature of the discovery (why are any ballots being "recently found"?), but the claim suggests that up to one-fifth of the ballots in the race were somehow lost.
When the AP called the race, Durr had 32,742 votes while Sweeney had 30,444 with 100% of precincts reporting.
Sweeney did not say in which county the ballots were allegedly discovered.
New Jersey election officials have not corroborated Sweeney's claims, however.
Sweeney's refusal to concede is not stopping Durr from celebrating.
The truck driver, who spent less than $10,000 on his campaign, said he is ready to serve his constituents.
"I'm absolutely nobody," Durr said of his victory, the Inquirer reported.
"I'm just a simple guy.
"It was the people, it was a repudiation of the policies that have been forced down their throats."
"It's people told they can't have a job.
"They can't go to church. They can't go to school. You can't go shopping. They can't go and eat dinner," he continued.
"You cannot continue to tell people they cannot do things when we live in the freest country in the world.
"And you think you're just gonna sit on your hands and do nothing.
"Gov. Murphy kept telling you, 'no, no, no.'
"And Sen. Sweeney sat there and all right, whatever."
"So the people said, 'No, you're not doing your job,'" Durr added.
"'Take a seat, we'll find somebody else [to] do the job.'"