Fact Check: 2,600 Uncounted Ballots That Gave Trump A Net 800-Vote Gain Were NOT Found In A 'Solidly Blue' Georgia County -- Floyd Is Solidly Red For Trump

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  • by: Alan Duke
Fact Check: 2,600 Uncounted Ballots That Gave Trump A Net 800-Vote Gain Were NOT Found In A 'Solidly Blue' Georgia County -- Floyd Is Solidly Red For Trump Red, Not Blue

Did the vote recount in Georgia find 2,600 uncounted ballots in a "solidly blue" Georgia County that meant a net gain of 800 votes for Trump, suggesting the recount in red counties could yield even more for Trump? No, that's not true: The uncounted votes were found in Floyd County, which is a "solidly red" county where Donald Trump had a 40-point margin over Joe Biden. When counted, it meant an additional 1,643 votes for Trump and 865 for Biden, a net gain of 800 for Trump. Biden still has a 13,000-plus vote lead in Georgia.

The claim appeared in an article published by 100percentfedup.com on November 17, 2020 titled "Trump Attorney Lin Wood Puts GA Gov Brian Kemp On Notice: 'Accountability for wrongdoing is called JUSTICE'" (archived here) which opened:

In Georgia, a hand recount of the votes just found 2,600 ballots that had not yet been counted in the blue county of Floyd. The uncounted votes have netted an additional 800 votes for President Trump. Conservative Charlie Kirk asks a great question, "If f Georgia found 2,600 "missing ballots" during their audit in a solidly blue county, I wonder how many there will be in all the Trump & swing counties across the state?"

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Trump Attorney Lin Wood Puts GA Gov Brian Kemp On Notice: "Accountability for wrongdoing is called JUSTICE"

In Georgia, a hand recount of the votes just found 2,600 ballots that had not yet been counted in the blue county of Floyd. The uncounted votes have netted an additional 800 votes for President Trump. Conservative Charlie Kirk asks a great question, "If f Georgia found 2,600 "missing ballots" during their audit in a [...]

The article attributed the claim that Floyd County, Georiga was "solidly blue" to a tweet by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk:

If Georgia found 2,600 "missing ballots" during their audit in a solidly blue county, I wonder how many there will be in all the Trump & swing counties across the state?

Kirk must have forgotten the huge crowd that showed up in Floyd County, Georgia, for a Trump rally on November 1, 2020. Or that Floyd County is the base for Representative-elect Marjorie Greene Taylor, the newly-elected congresswoman who is allied with Trump. And Kirk must not have checked vote totals in Floyd County that gave Trump a 40-point margin over Biden.

Kirk's implication that a mistake in a blue county was a sign that more Trump votes could be found elsewhere in Georgia's red counties is based on false information. Floyd County is not blue.

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution newspaper said the error was made by an election official in the Republican-controlled county:

The problem occurred because county election officials didn't upload votes from a memory card in an ballot scanning machine, said Gabriel Sterling, the state's voting system manager.

He called it "an amazing blunder" and said the county's elections director should resign.

"It's not an equipment issue. It's a person not executing their job properly," Sterling said. This is the kind of situation that requires a change at the top of their management side."

NewsGuard, a company that uses trained journalist to rank the reliability of websites, describes 100percentfedup.com as:

A conservative news and commentary site that has misstated facts and mixes news and opinion.

According to NewsGuard the site does not maintain basic standards of accuracy and accountability. Read their full assessment here.

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  Alan Duke

Editor-in-Chief Alan Duke co-founded Lead Stories after ending a 26-year career with CNN, where he mainly covered entertainment, current affairs and politics. Duke closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat. Duke also co-hosted a daily podcast with former HLN host Nancy Grace, "Crime Stories with Nancy Grace" and hosted the podcast series "Stan Lee's World: His Real Life Battle with Heroes & Villains." You'll also see Duke in many news documentaries, including on the Reelz channel, CNN and HLN.

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