10:57 am Nov. 6, 20122
Wendy Long, the Republican Senate candidate trailing Kirsten Gillibrand by a wide margin, went out with one last media hit this morning, accusing a Manhattan poll worker of voter fraud.
Long appeared on Laura Ingraham's radio show for a brief interview about her experience voting in Manhattan this morning, where Long says a poll worker gave her instructions that would have registered votes for the Democratic candidates.
"She said you have to fill on all these holes," Long recounted. "And I said that will make me vote for people I don't want to vote for."
Long went on, as Ingraham, a friend and classmate from their days at Dartmouth, expressed her dismay.
"I got into this argument back and forth with her," Long said. "And she said, 'You can try to put it in, but it won't accept it.' So I put it in and of course it accepted it."
Long's campaign followed up the interview with a press release detailing the story.
"It is heartbreaking, especially in these trying times for New York City with thousands of voters displaced from their homes and their polling locations, that poll workers would behave in this way, and through intent or ignorance, work to distort the outcome of an election and violate an individual’s right to vote for whomever he or she chooses," she says in the release.
Long, a Manhattan attorney and former conservative judicial activist, has struggled to get traction in her race against Gillibrand, with polls showing voters are mostly unfamiliar with her candidacy.
Ingraham praised her nonetheless, saying Long had "absolutely dismantled" Gillibrand in their lone debate, with Long delivering a "masterful" performance.
"This is like so obvious who should be the next senator from New York," Ingraham said.