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Political Analysts Say McDaniel Needs Hard Evidence To Win Election Challenge

By Paul Boger | Published 14 Jul 2014 08:29am | comments
State Senator Chris McDaniel is expected to officially file his legal challenge to the results of last month's Republican Primary Runoff this week. But some political analysts believe the McDaniel Campaign will have a tough time proving voter fraud effected the results of the election.
 
Time is beginning to run out for state Senator Chris McDaniel to legally contest the results of the June 24th runoff election. According to Mississippi law, McDaniel must file any challenge within 12 days of the state Republican Party certifying Thad Cochran the winner. They did that last Monday. Joe Nosef is the GOP Chairman.  
 
"The clock is ticking on whether there will be a challenge filed or not." says Nosef. "There's a 12 day deadline. I'm hoping that that process will finish sooner rather then later. If there is going to be a contest, I want it and get it over with as fast as we can so we can focus on the general election."
 
So far, McDaniel has made no official attempt to begin the challenge in court. However, his campaign has mounted an investigation looking for examples of voting fraud and other irregularities. Rick Hasen is an election law expert at the University of California Irvine. He says McDaniel is going to need as much evidence as he can get if he wants to overturn the results.
 
"At some point we are going to have to see if the McDaniel campaign comes forward with credible evidence to show that there are a large number of ballots that are in doubt." says Hasen. " I think he will first be taking a challenge to the party and then if he fails that, going in to court. So were going to have to wait to see if he has the evidence to back up the rhetoric."
 
Despite whatever evidence McDaniel's legal team presents, some political analysts believe McDaniel will have a hard time proving voter fraud changed the outcome of last months runoff. John Bruce is the Head of the Political Science Department at the University of Mississippi. 
 
"The only thing that is potentially illegal is if somebody voted in the Democratic Primary and then voted in the Republican Runoff." says Bruce. "The notion of voting in the runoff if you don't intend to support the eventual nominee is un-testable and unenforceable. I think the hill that has to be climbed by the McDaniel campaign is a very steep hill, and I don't think they have what it takes to do it." 
 
In a statement sent out late last week, McDaniel says his campaign has found over 83-hundred examples of "quote, unquestionable voter fraud. end quote." Senator Thad Cochran won the election with just under 77-hundred votes.
 

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