McDaniel formally challenges Mississippi runoff results in GOP Senate primary

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Chris McDaniel (left) and Sen. Thad Cochran

(CNN) — Chris McDaniel’s campaign formally challenged the runoff results from Mississippi’s U.S. Senate primary that showed he lost to incumbent Thad Cochran.

“Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24,” McDaniel said in a statement on Thursday.

A state senator who got strong support from tea party and anti-establishment groups, McDaniel narrowly edged Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary.

But neither cracked the 50% threshold needed to win, pushing them to a runoff three weeks later that Cochran won by more than 7,000 votes.

Cochran’s victory was apparently aided by crossover votes from African-Americans, a largely Democratic bloc actively courted by Cochran’s campaign and allied groups.

In a statement announcing the challenge in Jones County, the McDaniel campaign said there is evidence of election fraud, including fraudulent votes, insecure ballot boxes and other issues with election integrity.

“The First Amendment right of the party to associate was (clearly) infringed upon on June 24th,” said McDaniel lead attorney Mitch Tyner. “The party should have arranged for the primary to limit Democratic participation, but the Cochran campaign elicited the exact opposite.”

Tyner added: “Since the Republican Party’s leadership clearly doesn’t trust the Executive Committee to hear this challenge, we have no choice but to file for judicial review.”

According to Mississippi law, voters are not required to register with a political party, and anyone who doesn’t vote in a primary election can cast a ballot in either party’s runoff.

Cochran’s campaign has pushed back against McDaniel’s challenge, attributing support from African-Americans to four decades of relationship-building in the state.


  • MikeBarret

    Dude. You lost, give it up gracefully while you still have some dignity left. So much for Tea Party being about small government, this guy is determined to spend all kinds of tax dollars on this wasteful nonsense.

    • Democommies

      What is wasteful about stopping corruption? In Hinds county alone, Jackson MS, they had found over 1000 illegally cast votes before the Election commission stopped McDaniel from seeing the results. Next they told McDaniel he could only see the results after voter names and SS numbers were deleted thereby making any investigation of democrat primary voters that illegally voted in the runoff impossible. You seem like one more Obamabot who listens to lie after lie and somehow believes the les. Did u get to keep your DR and insurance? Are u the one who hung the Chairman Mao ornament n the White House Christmas tree? We all know Democommies do not wish to follow the law, Benghazi, IRS, Fast and Furious, VA, trade Taliban for a deserter, the list is endless. Tea Party platform FOLLOW THE CONSTITUTION, smaller government, less taxes, term limits. Evidently you want to break the law, larger government, more taxes, and corrupt politicians who serve for life, like THAD.

      • Whatever

        Talk about not wanting to follow the law? McDaniel demanded to see voter rolls unredacted even though MS law forbids this information be given to them. I guess he felt this law didn’t apply to him. McDaniel’s own people marked his attorney’s and wife’s votes as irregular. Yeah, that makes a lot of sense, huh? The bottom line is – he isn’t going to win this challenge. But I’m sure he’ll continue acting like a petulant child throwing his little temper tantrum,.

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