Chris McDaniel: Enough Questionable Votes to Challenge Miss. Runoff

Friday, 11 Jul 2014 10:04 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Chris McDaniel, hoping to mount a legal challenge to his loss in the June 24 runoff against Mississippi GOP Sen. Thad Cochran, said Friday he’s found more "questionable votes" than Cochran's margin of victory.

"For the last two weeks, more than 200 volunteers for from all over Mississippi have worked tirelessly in an effort to gain access to election records in order to ensure the integrity of the primary process in Mississippi," the state senator said in a statement, the Clarion-Ledger reported.

"We have found over 8,300 questionable ballots cast, many of which were unquestionably cast by voters ineligible to participate in the June 24 runoff election."

Cochran won the runoff by about 7,600 votes.

The Cochran campaign countered that McDaniel's claim of thousands of voting irregularities is "just not true," Business Insider reported.

"Chris McDaniel is a trial lawyer, and he’s acting like one," an unnamed source told the news site. "He’s throwing out false flags and things that just aren’t true, and trying to get them into the news stream."

McDaniel also complained that Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann was preventing members of the McDaniel campaign from inspecting voting records and absentee records.

Hosemann denied the charge.

"As we have said repeatedly, and Chris knows well, this agency has absolutely no statutory authority over locally elected Circuit Clerks," he told the Clarion-Ledger.

In McDaniel's statement, he promised to talk about his "next steps forward" Wednesday. The campaign has said it hopes to force another election.

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