Cochran Campaign Officially Calls For McDaniel To “Put Up or Shut Up”By Paul Boger | Published 03 Jul 2014 08:30am |
Senator Thad Cochran's reelection campaign is calling on challenger state Senator Chris McDaniel to stop making claims about Mississippians illegally voting in last week's Republican primary runoff. But the McDaniel campaign appears to be preparing itself for a possible legal challenge.
For the first time since Senator Thad Cochran won the June 24th Republican Senate Runoff, members of his campaign staff are officially calling for challenger Chris McDaniel to concede the election. Austin Barbour is a senior advisor to the Cochran campaign. He says claims made by the McDaniel camp that Cochran stole the election are baseless and false.
"I think the time has come now for the McDaniel campaign to put up or shut up." says Barbour. "If there is something out there let's talk about it; lets look through this. If they have hard evidence bring it forward, but quit talking about exaggerated numbers that they know are not true, that they know are not true, and you guys know are not true."
However, McDaniel supporters are continuing with their efforts to look through every voter roll in the state for signs of voting irregularities. Earlier this week, 12 Mississippians along with a Texas-based, conservative voting rights group named True the Vote filed a federal lawsuit asking a judge for an injunction against the Secretary of State's Office and the Mississippi Republican Party so that McDaniel volunteers can review all records related to the runoff. Gregg Phillips is a spokesman for True the Vote.
"We want all of the legal votes counted, and settle this thing once and for all." says Phillips. "To ensure that only legal votes are counted, they all have to open up their poll books so we can see if any illegal crossover votes were made. There is a lot of work that needs to be done here, and doing it all under the veil if secrecy in every single county simply wont work."
So far McDaniel volunteers say they have found nearly 49-hundred examples of voting irregularities in 51 counties. Campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch says it is still too early to decide whether the campaign will challenge the results of last week's election, but it's not out of the realm of possibility.
"After we have completed gathering all of the evidence then we will be able to make a decision about potential legal recourse, but I don't have to say it certainly looks as if there is just an abundance of evidence that shows that the outcome of the election on June 24, is certainly needs to be questioned."
The G-O-P has until Monday to certify the results of the June 24th runoff. If McDaniel decides to mount a legal challenge he will have 12 days after the election results are finalized.
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