Tea Party's Innis: Cochran Camp Played Race Card

Wednesday, 09 Jul 2014 01:46 PM

By Melissa Clyne

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Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and his camp resorted to "reprehensible tactics" to win the runoff election against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel, and McDaniel has every right to challenge the results, Niger Innis, executive director of TheTeaParty.net, said on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

Cochran, a six-term incumbent and establishment Republican, beat McDaniel, a radio talk show host, by about 6,700 votes after appealing to black Democrats. In Mississippi, there is an "open primary," which allows any Democrat who did not vote in the Democratic primary to vote in the Republican primary.

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McDaniel has not announced whether he plans to challenge the runoff results. His campaign says that there were 6,900 "irregularities" found on ballots.

"There's a distinction between saying that it is possible that Thad Cochran legally won the election although that's very much in question," Innis said. "The Republican Party still believes that's in question. A lot of Americans across the country believe that's in question.

"But there's a distinction between legal win and what is ethical and what is decent and appropriate for our political discourse and it is highly reprehensible for Republicans to actually employ one of the worst racial demagogic tactics, I call it a weapon of mass destruction and distraction, which is to throw the race card."

Innis said McDaniel will need to weigh if he has the financial resources and ability to reach the high legal threshold necessary to prove voter fraud to challenge the runoff results.

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