Cochran campaign says few questionable votes have been found

Posted on July 8, 2014 

Austin Barbour, a senior advisor with U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election campaign, speaks at a press conference in Jackson an hour before the ill-fate conference call.

ROGELIO V. SOLIS — AP

The Sen. Thad Cochran campaign last night issued a statement that says the number of questionable votes found in an examination of election records so far are far fewer than Cochran’s margin of victory. However, Hinds County ballots have not been examined and the reviews in Harrison County and some others are not finished.

Challenger Chris McDaniel's attorney said at a press conference earlier in the day the campaign expects to find thousands of irregularities.

 

The statement by Austin Barbour, senior adviser to the campaign:

Today, the Mississippi Republican Party State Executive Committee submitted its certified results of the June 24 run-off election to the Secretary of State. Senator Cochran gained nearly 1,000 votes relative to the results from election night and the total result was 194,932-187,265. We are providing updated information from the ballot box reviews conducted today in courthouses across the state. This is not a full report from all 82 counties; it is an updated list we received tonight from our county representatives. Final results will be sent once all examinations are complete.

 

Two important facts to remember when viewing this information: First, there is no way to know who the questioned voter cast their ballot for; a questioned vote is not synonymous with a vote for Senator Cochran. Second, these are simply votes that are questioned, it does not mean they are definitively improperly cast votes. As you will see, the numbers contained in this review are drastically lower than the wild claims made by the McDaniel campaign.

 

The bottom line: Senator Cochran's victory was certified today and was in excess of 7,600 votes. These are specifics, and we urge the media to demand the same level of specificity from the McDaniel campaign.

 

County

Status

Adams:

Still Examining - 0 Questioned Votes

Alcorn:

Confirmed Runoff Audit - 0 Questioned Votes

Amite:

Examination Complete - 6 Questioned Votes

Attala:

Examination 95% complete - 8 Questioned Votes

Bolivar:

Examination 40% complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Carroll:

Examination Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Choctaw:

Examination Complete - 13 Questioned Votes

Claiborne:

Examination Complete - 7 Questioned Votes

Clarke:

Examination Complete

Clay:

Examination Complete - 2 Questioned Votes

Coahoma:

Still Examining

Copiah:

Examination Complete - 6 Questioned Votes

DeSoto:

Still Examining

Forrest:

Examination Complete - 54 Questioned Votes

Franklin:

Examination Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

George:

Examination 33% complete

Greene:

Still Examining

Grenada:

Examination 75% Complete - 2 Questioned Votes

Harrison:

Still Examining

Hinds:

No Examination Done Today

Humphreys:

Examination Complete - 11 Questioned Votes

Itawamba:

Examination Complete - 9 Questioned Votes

Jackson:

Confirmed Runoff Audit - 24 Crossover Votes

Jasper:

Examination Complete - 5 Questioned Votes

Jefferson:

Examination Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Jones:

No Examination Done Today

Lauderdale:

Examination Complete - 7 Questioned Votes

Lawrence:

Still Examining - 9 Questioned Votes

Lincoln:

Examination 60% Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Lowndes:

Examination 50% Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Madison:

Still Examining

Marion:

Still Examining - 0 Questioned Votes

Monroe:

Examination 60% Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Neshoba:

Examination 40% Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Newton:

Still Examining

Oktibbeha:

Still Examining

Panola:

Examination Complete - 6 Questioned Votes

Perry:

Examination Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Pike:

Examination 75% Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Pontotoc:

Examination Complete - 3 Questioned Votes

Prentiss:

Examination Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Quitman:

Examination Complete - 4 Questioned Votes

Scott:

Examination Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Stone:

Examination Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Sunflower:

Still Examining - 2 Questioned Votes

Tallahatchie:

Examination Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Tate:

Examination 50% complete

Tippah:

Confirmed Runoff Audit - 12 Questioned Votes

Tishomingo:

Confirmed Runoff Audit - 4 Questioned Votes

Union:

Examination 65% Complete - 4 Questioned Votes

Walthall:

Examination Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Warren:

Confirmed Runoff Audit - 19 Questioned Votes

Wayne:

Still Examining - 3 Questioned Votes

Webster:

Examination 25% Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Wilkinson:

Examination Complete - 1 Questioned Vote

Winston:

Examination Complete - 0 Questioned Votes

Yalobusha:

Examination Complete - 3 Questioned Votes

Yazoo:

Examination Complete - 4 Questioned Votes



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