McDaniel formally challenges Mississippi runoff results in GOP Senate primary
August 14th, 2014
05:14 PM ET
4 months ago

McDaniel formally challenges Mississippi runoff results in GOP Senate primary

(CNN) - Chris McDaniel's campaign formally challenged the runoff results from Mississippi's U.S. Senate primary that showed he lost to incumbent Thad Cochran.

"Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," McDaniel said in a statement on Thursday.

A state senator who got strong support from tea party and anti-establishment groups, McDaniel narrowly edged Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary.

But neither cracked the 50% threshold needed to win, pushing them to a runoff three weeks later that Cochran won by more than 7,000 votes.

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Cochran’s victory was apparently aided by crossover votes from African-Americans, a largely Democratic bloc actively courted by Cochran's campaign and allied groups.

In a statement announcing the challenge in Jones County, the McDaniel campaign said there is evidence of election fraud, including fraudulent votes, insecure ballot boxes and other issues with election integrity.

"The First Amendment right of the party to associate was (clearly) infringed upon on June 24th," said McDaniel lead attorney Mitch Tyner. "The party should have arranged for the primary to limit Democratic participation, but the Cochran campaign elicited the exact opposite."

Tyner added: "Since the Republican Party's leadership clearly doesn't trust the Executive Committee to hear this challenge, we have no choice but to file for judicial review."

According to Mississippi law, voters are not required to register with a political party, and anyone who doesn't vote in a primary election can cast a ballot in either party's runoff.

Cochran's campaign has pushed back against McDaniel's challenge, attributing support from African-Americans to four decades of relationship-building in the state.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (76 Responses)
  1. O'drama ya Mama

    "Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," McDaniel said in a statement on Thursday."

    In a state that does not allow voter registration by party I'd love to know how he knows they are Democrats.

    August 14, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    good news...this will tie things in a knot for MS. and for his information, the state authorized the open primary so I'd bet that if he got support from people who were not in his party, he'd be happier than a pig in slop but since it went against him he's crying foul

    August 14, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. 1twinsfan

    Oh, give it up! The only side cheating was yours. Not only did Cochran win fair and square but he took his ball and went home.

    August 14, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    ""The First Amendment right of the party to associate was (clearly) infringed upon on June 24th," said McDaniel lead attorney Mitch Tyner."

    Blah blah blah. The documents McDaniels campaign released accusing thousands of people of being cross-over voters ALSO LISTED TYNER.

    THAT is how ridiculous his fabricated claims and delusions are. This is nothing but a neo-confederate hissy fit over black people having voted in an election he thought would be "safe" from black people.

    August 14, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    We should send McDaniels to Ferguson with a pretty bow on his head and leave him tied up in the street.

    August 14, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. Tony

    McDaniel is not happy that black people voted in the Republican primary. Your state has an open primary and no registration by party. Face it, you lost.

    August 14, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. Redme

    Has he got a dry pocket or someone to play a fiddle ?

    August 14, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. just asking

    why do democrats always have to screw around with another party's primary? you criminals just can't control your criminal urges can you?

    August 14, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," McDaniel said in a statement on Thursday."

    Apparently cross over voters did elect the nominee on June 24.

    "According to Mississippi law, voters are not required to register with a political party, and anyone who doesn't vote in a primary election can cast a ballot in either party's runoff."

    Which is also apparently legal for them to do so.

    August 14, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. Bigd

    What does he want a 2 out of 3 elections

    August 14, 2014 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. Al-NY,NY

    just asking
    why do democrats always have to screw around with another party's primary? you criminals just can't control your criminal urges can you?
    ---

    my nomination for the most ignorant post of the day

    August 14, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda Minnesota
    I chased you in the Crist story and responded to you there.
    It feels like I've been chasing you all day.
    I'm sooo tired.
    Be safe and goodnight.

    August 14, 2014 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "What does he want a 2 out of 3 elections"

    The same thing all GOPers/Teatrolls who lost the election want: "do-overs" until they win.

    August 14, 2014 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bigd

    What does he want a 2 out of 3 elections
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Bwahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!
    Good one!

    August 14, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "why do democrats always have to screw around with another party's primary? you criminals just can't control your criminal urges can you?"

    None of the people who voted were democrats or republicans. Mississippi doesn't register people by party.

    August 14, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Bill

    This guy is a complete buffoon.

    August 14, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. The REAL Truth...

    "Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," McDaniel said.

    Well someone sure did, and they DID NOT VOTE for him !! Time to head home TImmy!

    August 14, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @just asking
    why do democrats always have to screw around with another party's primary? you criminals just can't control your criminal urges can you?
    ----------–
    Since there is no evidence for this whatsoever, and it was a TP on GOP fight, please file it after Birther, Death Panel and Bneghazi stand-down orders. You right wingers will need to start to discriminate between fantasy and reality to sit at the adult table.

    August 14, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So... One day they happened to wake up, decided they felt very Republican and voted in the primary. The next day they came to their senses and decided they were Democrats. Any laws broken? No. Suck it up and deal. It's a possibility everywhere there is an open primary. Big whiner....

    August 14, 2014 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. excuse my rant

    just asking
    why do democrats always have to screw around with another party's primary? you criminals just can't control your criminal urges can you?
    ___________________
    What are your thoughts on Rush Limbaugh's call out to Republicans to vote in the Democrat primary's between Clinton and Obama to get the primary to last as long as possible? I'm just asking....

    August 14, 2014 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  21. Tom l

    This guy is an idiot but it has nothing to do with race as Sniffit would make you believe. McDaniel is totally wrong and has nothing as this is just like operation chaos that rush tried to make happen. But race? Not at all. Leave it to Sniffit to mischaraterize what a repub says. And he complains about non dems mischaracterizing dems words. Such a lack of self awareness

    August 14, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  22. freedom

    Good for him – expose the corruption!

    August 14, 2014 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    Good for him........don't let the corruption win.

    August 14, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  24. Pander Bear

    Why would a tea bagger let a little thing like reality get in the way of their psychotic delusions?

    August 14, 2014 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  25. Tim

    "Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24," Translation: "I should have been elected and its not fair that all those blacks I don't like helped the incumbent win." Perhaps all those blacks that he believes usually vote for Democrats took a look at both candidates and said to themselves, "If we're gonna have to have one of them, I would rather have Cochran than this clown."

    August 14, 2014 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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