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Donald Trump says immigrants might have won North Carolina for Obama in 2008

In his ongoing mission to claim that the presidential election is being rigged against him, Donald Trump said illegal voting by immigrants might have won North Carolina for President Barack Obama in 2008.

"It’s possible that non-citizen voters were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina," Trump said during an Oct. 17 rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

PolitiFact already ruled Trump’s claims of nationwide "large scale voter fraud" going on this year to be Pants On Fire, but this was a much more specific claim that warranted its own fact-check.

North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes hardly would have made 2008 Republican nominee John McCain the president – Obama won 365 votes in the Electoral College to McCain’s 173.

But this claim of an illegitimate victory is still a pretty shocking accusation coming from the current Republican nominee.

So PolitiFact North Carolina spoke with a national election law expert as well as a local political scientist. They echoed the findings of a federal appeals court that has looked into voter fraud, as well as the North Carolina Board of Elections: That voter fraud is incredibly rare, does not sway elections and could not go unnoticed at the scale Trump is alleging.

Trump did cite one study in his favor. So why did PolitiFact NC still rate his claim Pants On Fire? Read the full article for all the details.

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PolitiFact North Carolina

Speaker: Donald Trump

Statement: “It’s possible that non-citizen voters were responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina.”

Ruling: There’s no actual evidence for Trump’s claim, and experts say that even in theory it really isn’t possible. We rate this claim Pants On Fire.

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