McDaniel will challenge Mississippi GOP runoff results

ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 4, 2014 

CHRISTINA STEUBE/SUN HERALD Chris McDaniel, defeated candidate for U.S. Senate, said he plans to challenge the results of the June 24 Republican primary runoff that gave his opponent, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, the win.

WASHINGTON -- The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran said Friday he plans to challenge the results.

Chris McDaniel said his campaign found at least 5,000 irregularities in voting and that he will mount a legal challenge "any day now."

In an interview with CNN, McDaniel said what matters is fraud be uncovered where it exists and that many Mississippi residents "are very angry" because they think their votes in the June 24 primary were nullified by fraud.

Most of what McDaniel is describing as irregularities involved people who apparently voted in both the June 3 Democratic primary and the Republican runoff.

Mississippi does not register voters by party, but state law bans a person from voting in one party's primary and another party's runoff in the same cycle.

McDaniel said he's pressing the challenge because, "it's our responsibility … if the corruption is out there, to end it once and for all." He did say if the courts side against him, he would accept the outcome. But he would not say if he would ultimately endorse Cochran for Senate in the general election.

Asked if he had any regrets about the divisive primary campaign and aftermath, McDaniel said he regretted the last 2½ weeks of the campaign when "they called me a racist, they race-baited." He said Cochran's campaign engaged in "scare" tactics by saying if McDaniel were to become the next senator, "welfare would be cut off."

An election challenge will be filed with the state Republican Party executive committee, as required by law. If the committee rejects a request for a new election, McDaniel could file an appeal with a state circuit court in a county where the campaign believes it has found voting irregularities, said state Sen. Michael Watson, an attorney who is working with the McDaniel campaign.

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