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South Dakota Republican Loses Primary, Gets Arrested Next Morning

Within 24 hours, South Dakota Republican Annette Bostworth learned she had lost her bid to be the GOP candidate for Senate, and she was arrested:

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Annette Bosworth, a defeated Senate candidate, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with several counts of perjury and filing false election documents. The state authorities said she had fraudulently attested to gathering voter signatures when she was actually on a Christian mission trip to the Philippines.

The state attorney general, Marty Jackley, charged Ms. Bosworth, 42, with six counts of perjury and six counts of filing false documents. On Tuesday, she lost the Republican primary with 6 percent of the vote.

Ms. Bosworth turned herself in at the Minnehaha County Jail and was immediately released.

At a news conference, she called the charges “a political intimidation scheme” against her by Mr. Jackley, who was initially appointed by former Gov. Mike Rounds.

For those keeping score, Rounds is the candidate who actually ended up winning the nomination.

Perhaps most amusing, though, is the manner in which Bosworth found out she had lost the election:

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  1. Andrew E. says:

    Of course! The old “Tell them you’re gathering signatures but you’re actually on a Christian mission in the Philippines” trick. Will these people ever learn?

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  2. legion says:

    The moment someone tells me they’re doing something explicitly “Christian” is the moment I know they’re lying.

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  3. rudderpedals says:

    I bet this gets counted as an election fraud incident and, thereby obscured, helps buttress the invidious state-level voter suppression movements.

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  4. al-Ameda says:

    Perhaps most amusing, though, is the manner in which Bosworth found out she had lost the election:

    Oh my …The expressions on the faces of both Megyn and Annette are classic.

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  5. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    She broke the law, she should be punished.

    But it’s odd how this case didn’t prompt a greater discussion about ballot access and the petition process…

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  6. al-Ameda says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    But it’s odd how this case didn’t prompt a greater discussion about ballot access and the petition process…

    Not really. It didn’t involve traditional Democratic voter constituencies.

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