Maine, home to blueberries and LL Bean, is not a place known for its historic pockets of Afrocentrism. Out of Maine's 1.3 million residents, more than 94 percent are white, but that doesn't mean there are no black people there. Alas, don't tell the Republican Party state Chairman Charlie Webster that.

In an interview with a local NBC station yesterday, Webster said that he suspects there may have been some voter fraud in Maine on Election Day because "there were dozens and dozens of black people who came in and voted."

In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day. Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who's black. How did that happen? I don't know. We're going to find out….

Asked to clarify his allegations by the Portland Press Herald, Webster made sure to remind everyone that he's not racist: "I'm not politically correct and maybe I shouldn't have said these voters were black," he said, "but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that's sleazy."


Of course Webster has no bias! He just thinks that because he and other Republican white people in Maine never noticed the black people living amongst them that those black people must not have existed before, and thus they were imported to steal the election, despite the fact that Maine has broken for the Democrats for the past 20 years now. That's not bias and paranoia; that's just a real American searching for the truth.

Update: This post has been updated to note that the Portland Press Herald obtained one of the above quotes from Webster.

[via ThinkProgress]