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McDaniel Campaign Says Challenge Could Come in the Next 10 Days

By Paul Boger | Published 16 Jul 2014 09:08pm | comments
Lawyers for state Senator Chris McDaniel say they've uncovered widespread illegal voting in last months's Republican Senate Runoff, but are still not ready to challenge the results. Campaign officials say they need more time to look through election records for potential voter fraud.  
 
More than three weeks after six-term, incumbent Senator Thad Cochran won the GOP Senatorial Runoff by nearly 77-hundred votes, lawyers for state Senator Chirs McDaniel's campaign say they need more time to look for potential voter fraud. At a press conference in Jackson yesterday, State Senator Michael Watson of Pascagoula spoke to reporters on behalf of McDaniel.
 
"This is a process by  which is afforded to the candidate, and it's a full examination of election materials." says Watson. "What it is, is a look under the hood of the election process in Mississippi. Not only does a candidate have the right to review the materials, but he also has a duty to act as a check to the integrity of the system."
 
While the state Senator's legal team say they have found an alarming number of illegal vote cast, they were not ready to share the details. However, previous claims made by the McDaniel camp say they have found upwards of 83-hundred voting irregularities. McDaniel lawyer Mitch Tyner says the evidence is mounting, and the campaign will likely file a challenge soon.
 
"There is already enough evidence to file the challenge." Tyner says. "I'm not going to go into the specifics of everything, but crossover votes is a big part of our challenge. We expect to file a challenge within the next 10 days."
 
During the press conference, Tyner also made serious accusations of vote buying as well as race-bating against the Cochran Campaign. He says their tactics were shameful.
 
The Cochran campaign, through race-baiting took us back 50 years." says Tyner. "It is wrong. To motivate black democrats through hatred to come out and vote for Thad Cochran, that's wrong. That is absolutely wrong."
 
Cochran's campaign quickly responded to the accusations calling them baseless. Austin Barbour is a senior advisor to the Cochran Campaign. He says his camp is ready to move onto the November elections.
 
"People in Mississippi are ready to move on." says Barbour. "For three weeks, we've heard allegations that always turn out to be false or are never backed up with facts. I want to say this on behalf of this campaign and on behalf of our candidate, as of today we're focused on winning the general election in November. We're moving away from this circus as best as we can." 
 
McDaniel will first have to file a complaint with the state GOP, before he can take his challenge to court.
 

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