Now is the time to end this nasty primary

In a race with a margin of about 6,800 votes, it would appear that if McDaniel has proof of that many illegal votes, and of vote buying, he’s got his case.

There was some doubt cast on that late last week, with McDaniel offering a $1,000 bounty for anyone who can supply evidence of voter fraud. And his spokesman was unsure as of Thursday whether McDaniel or anyone with the campaign had talked with law enforcement about its allegations of crimes. McDaniel has continued to talk about them on national talk shows.

So, let’s be out with it. Get the evidence before authorities and the courts, not talk shows and social media. If it was a “sham” election, then present proof, get it overturned and move forward.

Monday, when the secretary of state’s office receives official vote tallies from the GOP, marks the start of the period for legal challenges. Let’s hope it also marks the beginning of the end for this race.

Otherwise, both campaigns — and particularly their third-party mudslinging stalking horses — need to shut the heck up about each other.

There’s nothing to vote on right now. There’s no high ground to claim. Both campaigns waved bye-bye to high ground long ago.

This is a legal issue, not a campaign. The state electorate is already quite aware that each candidate thinks the other is an incompetent lying criminal.

Geoff Pender
Clarion Ledger