Why Was the Lake County Vote Late?

The Associated Press suggests the possibility that local officials in Lake County, Indiana, wanted the credit if their votes pushed Barack Obama to victory: GARY, ...
by | May 8, 2008

The Associated Press suggests the possibility that local officials in Lake County, Indiana, wanted the credit if their votes pushed Barack Obama to victory:

GARY, Ind. (AP) -- It was midnight and the nation was watching Lake County, still waiting for results in one of the biggest remaining prizes of the epic Democratic presidential battle between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

But as the clock ticked, the questions and accusations grew louder: What was wrong in Lake County? Was this more politics as usual in the county at Lake Michigan's southern tip often seen as an extension of Chicago-style corruption?

A day after Clinton eked out a narrow victory in Indiana's primary, no allegations of illegal activities were being raised. But some say old-school politics were at play in the state's second-largest county.

"They wanted to put Barack Obama over the top with Lake County's vote and games were being played like in the 1950s," said Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott, who endorsed Clinton. "It went bad when a lot of people were watching."

(Hat tip: Election Law Blog)

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