by Steven Ertelt
January 5, 2008
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — Alan Keyes is running a longshot campaign for the Republican Party nomination for president, but the pro-life former ambassador’s bid appeared to have gathered no votes on Thursday night. His campaign says it wasn’t a case of no one voting for him, but accuses the Iowa Republican Party of leaving him off the results.
The Iowa Republican Party has neither counted nor reported the number of votes for Alan Keyes in the GOP caucuses and its web site still doesn’t include any.
"We didn’t have the electronic means to record the tallies for Keyes, so we can’t yet report to the public how many votes Keyes got," Iowa GOP spokesman John Lund said at the GOP headquarters in Des Moines. "We can’t report the Keyes votes until we’ve double-checked each individual paper ballot."
However, Keyes’ people complain that the party has the full results posted on its web site, including counting five votes for Tom Tancredo, who dropped out before the caucus.
"I personally traveled with Alan Keyes across Iowa, and we met scores of Keyes voters. It’s totally unfair these citizens’ votes are now being withheld from the public," Gordon James Klingenschmitt said in a statement the Keyes’ campaign provided LifeNews.com.
"This is tantamount to election fraud," he claimed.
Siena Hoefling of Calhoun County says she voted for Keyes.
"It’s ridiculous they didn’t report my vote. Each precinct could have easily called or emailed the vote tallies to headquarters, so they should have been counted by now," she said.
Hoefling said county officials showed her a ballot with the names of the other candidates but Keyes’ name wasn’t listed. That could have been because he entered the race later than any of the other candidates.
She said officials told her to write in his name.
Stephen Stone, chairman of Alan Keyes for President, told LifeNews.com, "Alan Keyes has been an announced candidate for president since Sept. 14."
"Yet the state GOP chose to exclude him from the caucus process, claiming he ‘announced too late’ to be included, so that his name was not even mentioned on official lists of candidates or in reporting instructions," she explained. "This disenfranchises Iowa voters."
Keyes will apparently be disenfranchised again as he will not be one of the candidates invited to the debates leading up to the New Hampshire primary.