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

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FIRST ON FOX: The Democrat running in one of this year’s top Senate races, who accused his opponent of election denialism, also has a history of questioning the legitimacy of the vote.

Rep. Colin Allred, the Democratic nominee in Texas’ Senate race, recently launched attacks against incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz for avoiding directly saying he would accept the results of the upcoming election, but appears to have forgotten his own statements openly suggesting that future election outcomes may need to be questioned.

“Ted Cruz views questions about our democracy as part of a cynical partisan game. Our democracy isn’t a game. It’s fundamental to who we are as Americans. Ted Cruz is a danger to our freedoms and shared values. We must fire him this November,” Allred wrote on X, referencing an appearance by Cruz on liberal network CNN, where he clashed with one of its hosts asking if he’d accept the results this November.

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Cruz pushed back during the interview, questioning why the media never asks Democrats if they would accept election results. He argued that laws in place allowing for results to be challenged on the basis of voter fraud were there for a reason, and hit back at the host’s claims there was no fraud during the 2020 election.

Allred, in fact, warned of such fraud ahead of the 2020 election, specifically during an August 2019 appearance at a town hall in Garland, Texas. During the event, he peddled claims that the 2016 election results were due to Russian interference by referencing the Mueller report and Russia hacking into election databases. He also argued there was a need to have “paper trails” on electronic voting machines.

“What we saw in that report may color some of what is happening here, in terms of a willingness to accept foreign interference in elections and things like that. And I think this has raised an entirely new specter for us, which is, is our next election going to be a legitimate one? And that, I think, is a proximate danger for our democracy,” Allred said during an appearance on a local radio show in September 2019, again referencing the Mueller report.

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He similarly told a meeting of the Richardson Area Democrats a month later that he was troubled by “the idea that the next election might not be legitimate,” suggesting then-President Trump might attempt to use foreign influence to boost his chances at re-election, and said he was “worried still about some of the abilities to hack and change voter rolls and even change vote totals.”

Allred said at another town hall meeting that same month that the reason for the then-ongoing Trump impeachment inquiry was “because the legitimacy of the next election was put into question by this President’s actions.” 

He said during a Capitol Hill press conference the following year, “We have to decide in this country who’s going to determine our elections. This is only the beginning of this. The Russians in 2016, other foreign influences in 2018. In 2020, there will be other adversaries who will try to take advantage of this.”

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Allred continued using similar rhetoric following the 2020 election, including in a 2022 Business Insider article, where he warned of election subversion in that year’s midterm elections and in 2024.

“I think there’s a very real possibility that we will see in the next two elections, get some results sent to us for ratification – whether it’s presidential, congressional or Senate, that’s not consistent or that we’re gonna have to question… I think that’s the reality of the situation we can no longer pretend like these elections are just going to continue to proceed the way they have in the past,” he said.

Fox News Digital asked Allred’s campaign the same question CNN posed to Cruz: Whether he would accept the outcome of the 2024 election. It offered no response.

Josh Stewart, a spokesperson for Allred’s campaign, told Fox regarding the congressman’s past questioning of elections, “The only person in this race who tried to overturn a free and fair election is Ted Cruz. Texans saw it with their own eyes on Jan. 6, and come November, they are going to hold him accountable.”

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