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caption: Republican Loren Culp greets a large crowd, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at a rally near Graham, Wash., during his unsuccessful run for governor. Culp is now challenging incumbent GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse in Washington's 4th U.S. House District. He has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump but has lagged other Republican candidates in reported fundraising figures.
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Republican Loren Culp greets a large crowd, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at a rally near Graham, Wash., during his unsuccessful run for governor. Culp is now challenging incumbent GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse in Washington's 4th U.S. House District. He has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump but has lagged other Republican candidates in reported fundraising figures.
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Culp alleges election tampering ahead of August primary

It’s primary day in Washington state. Votes have yet to be made or counted, however, one Trump-backed candidate is already trying to cast doubt on the election.

In 2020, Republican Loren Culp ran for governor. He claims, without evidence, that he lost because the election was stolen.

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This week, he took to Twitter to claim an election law violation in the 4th District, where he’s now running for Congress. Culp posted a screenshot of the Yakima Herald's website that appears to show a vote tally.

And according to state law, results aren't supposed to be released until after 8 p.m., Tuesday (election day).

But Yakima Herald editor Gregg Halling clarified that no actual vote tally was posted. The screenshot Culp cites was of an election test page on the Herald's website, ahead of the actual election. Newspaper officials thought that only staff could see it. But people found the test page via Google searches.

The Yakima Herald has since taken the page down.

Washington's Secretary of State office says they have no reason to believe this is vote tampering.

Culp has asked the Yakima Police Department to investigate the incident, but department has declined to pursue the matter because it's not a local police matter.

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