VIDEO: Pennsylvania GOP Chairman says voter ID law lowered Obama’s margin of victory in 2012

In a startling admission earlier this week, the head of the Pennsylvania GOP said that the controversy surrounding the state’s voter identification law prevented President Obama from claiming a larger margin of voters in the ’12 election.

Pennsylvania GOP Chairman Rob Gleason made the comments during an interview this Wednesday with the Pennsylvania Cable Network. He was asked if the attention generated by the law, which wasn’t in effect in November, actually had an effect on the election.

Yeah, I think a little bit. We probably had a better election. Think about this, we cut Obama by five percent, which was big. A lot of people lost sight of that. He won — he beat McCain by ten percent, he only beat Romney by five percent. I think voter ID helped a bit in that.

Hear Gleason’s remarks in the video below.



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    Jim Slaughter

    July 19, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    The Republicans are getting rediculously smug when they admit their crooked attempt to rig the election actually worked. Is this REALLY what you want ? …. dishonest elections? No? Then:

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    Bob Cull

    July 20, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Sure it helped! That is what it was designed t do, keep ELIGIBLE voters from voting! They know that the people who are going to have difficulty obtaining a photo ID are the same people who are more likely to vote for a Democrat. Make it harder for them to vote and fewer of them will vote and maybe they can steal an election.

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    Simon Berson

    July 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    The GOP are fascists, and will use any means legal or illegal to derail progressive politics and unseat any democratic candidate. It’s positively treasonous.

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    July 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Keep digging, GOP. He sounds like he’s admitting to some skullduggery.

    Wasn’t it supposed to be the liberals who were the bad guys?

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    July 26, 2013 at 2:36 am

    That Kenyan guy you call the president is running this country into the crapper with all of the cover ups. IRS scandals, his birth certificate, Benghazi, Trayvon… Wake up people!!! Oh… How about all of that vacation expense for mrs Kenyan, National debt… Think about it…..

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    Bob Cull

    July 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Okay, Chris, no that you are through with your rant which was completely devoid of facts and filled with falsehoods and innuendo, would you like to try making a FACT based argument that is actually on topic?

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    Kevin Moore

    August 23, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I continue to be absolutely amazed at some of the actions and statements that come from GOP state legislators and representatives. Gleason is stating outright and without any type of smokescreen that the voter restriction laws created a “better election” as it reduced a Democratic candidate’s margin of winning by 5%. (Doesn’t matter it was Obama – this applies to all Democrats.) How much clearer can GOP be in saying they are trying to restrict democratic voting? Scary.

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