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Key Dem Senate candidate who accused opponent of election denialism has history of questioning results

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First appeared on FOX: One Democrat running as one of the major candidates in this year’s Senate elections has accused his opponent of denialism, but he also has a history of questioning the legitimacy of the vote.

Rep. Collin Allred, the Democratic candidate for the Texas Senate seat, recently attacked incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for avoiding directly saying he would accept the results of the next election, but seemed to forget comments he himself had openly suggested that future election results might need to be questioned.

“Ted Cruz treats questions about our democracy as part of a cynical partisan game. Our democracy is not a game. It is fundamental to who we are as Americans. Ted Cruz is a danger to our freedoms and our shared values. We must fire him in November,” Allred said. I wrote to XThis was in reference to Cruz’s appearance on liberal network CNN, where he clashed with one of the hosts when he asked whether he would accept the results of the election in November.

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On the left is Texas Democratic Rep. Collin Allred, and on the right is Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. (Getty Images)

cruise Pushed back during interviewquestioned why the media doesn’t ask Democrats if they accept the election results. He argued that there’s a reason laws exist that allow election results to be challenged on the grounds of voter fraud, refuting the host’s assertion that there was no fraud in the 2020 election.

Indeed, Allred had warned about such fraud ahead of the 2020 election, most notably at a campaign rally in August 2019. Garland, Texas City HallDuring the event, he cited the Mueller report and Russian hacking of election databases to blame the 2016 election results on Russian interference, and argued that electronic voting machines need to keep a “record.”

“What we’ve seen in this report may be influencing some of what’s going on here, including our openness to foreign interference in our elections. And I think this raises a whole new concern for us: Is the next election going to be legitimate? And I think that’s an immediate danger to our democracy,” Allred said. Appearing on a local radio show In September 2019, he again mentioned the Mueller report.

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Rep. Collin Allred and members of the Congressional Black Caucus address media on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on February 8, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

He also Richardson Area Democratic Party Meeting A month later, he said he was troubled by “the idea that the next election may not be legitimate,” suggested then-President Trump might try to use foreign influence to boost his re-election chances, and said he “still remains concerned about some of the ability to hack and tamper with voter rolls and even change vote totals.”

Allred says At another town hall meeting That same month, he said the reason for the then-ongoing impeachment inquiry into Trump was because “the actions of this president have called into question the legitimacy of the upcoming election.”

he, Capitol Hill Press Conference The following year, “We have to decide who decides elections in this country. This is just the beginning. In 2016 it was Russia, in 2018 it was other foreign influences. In 2020 there will be other adversaries who will try to take advantage of this.”

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Rep. Collin Allred arrives on the House floor before President Biden’s State of the Union address on March 7, 2024, at the U.S. Capitol. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Allred continued to use similar rhetoric after the 2020 election, Business Insider Articles 2022There, he warned of subversion in that year’s midterm elections and the 2024 election.

“I think it’s very likely that in the next two elections, whether it’s presidential, congressional or senatorial, we’ll have results sent for certification that are inconsistent and that are bound to be questioned. That’s the reality, and I don’t think we can any longer pretend that these elections are going to continue to proceed the way they have,” he said.

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Fox News Digital asked Allred’s campaign the same question that CNN posed to Cruz – whether he would accept the results of the 2024 election – but the campaign did not respond.

Josh Stewart, a spokesman for Allred’s campaign, told Fox about Allred’s past questioning of the election: “The only person in this race who has tried to overturn a free and fair election is Ted Cruz. Texans saw that on January 6th, and they will hold Cruz accountable in November.”

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