Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel challenge
August 29th, 2014
03:51 PM ET
4 months ago

Judge dismisses Chris McDaniel challenge

(CNN) – A Mississippi judge has tossed out state Sen. Chris McDaniel's challenge to that state's June 24 GOP primary runoff results, ending another chapter in one of the most bitterly contested U.S. Senate primaries in recent memory and bringing longtime Sen. Thad Cochran one step closer to another term in Washington.

Special Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel waited too long to file his challenge with state Republican Party. McDaniel filed the challenge 41 days after the election; McGehee said that under state law the challenge had to be filed within 20 days.

“While we absolutely respect the legal process which provides guidance for this challenge, we strongly disagree with Judge McGehee on this point of law,” McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch told CNN in a written statement. “Chris will take the weekend to take stock in the legal options on the table and will make an announcement early next week.”

McDaniel, who received strong support from tea party and anti-establishment groups, narrowly edged Cochran in Mississippi's June 3 Republican primary. But neither candidate cracked the 50% threshold needed to win, forcing a runoff three weeks later that Cochran won by slightly more than 7,000 votes.

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 the statement announcing its challenge, McDaniel's campaign claimed there was evidence of election fraud, including insecure ballot boxes and fraudulent voting. Among other things, McDaniel's supporters argued that African-American Democrats improperly voted in the Republican runoff after participating in the Democratic primary.

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

Under 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.


Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Congress • Mississippi • Thad Cochran
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Special Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel waited too long to file his challenge with state Republican Party. McDaniel filed the challenge 41 days after the election; McGehee said that under state law the challenge had to be filed within 20 days.
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    Yeah. McDaniel knew he'd waited too long because he knew he had no case to begin with and it was going to be thrown out either way he chose to take his pout-fest to court.

    August 29, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Special Judge Hollis McGehee ruled that McDaniel waited too long to file his challenge with state Republican Party. McDaniel filed the challenge 41 days after the election; McGehee said that under state law the challenge had to be filed within 20 days.
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    If this man did not understand the law, then how could he ever be a competent congressman. Or, could it be that he just has no respect for laws that he doesn't like, disagree with, or get in his way that he finds inconvenient?

    August 29, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Say WHAT???
    Sniffit
    " that why Pres.Obama took 500 BILLIONS from Medicare to fund HIS ACA"
    Except he didn't.
    -
    Tampa Tim
    the $500 billion went to ACA and has provided health care to millions of uninsured Americans.
    -

    OK, so which one of our resident lefty experts is lying and which one is not???

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Keep talking, I mean lying, or is it spinning?
    ----–
    Of the $700 billion in Lyin Ryan's budget, he was actually taking it from Medicare and given out as tax cuts. As for lying, I take the blame for your complete lack of understanding.

    August 29, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. bcw

    McDaniel is a sore loser and a spoiled teabag nobody wants.

    August 29, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    A lot of people in white sheets are not going to be happy about this.

    August 29, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Boomer in Mo

    Well Rudy, most Republicans I know seem to think they are special and the rules don't apply to them. That includes one of my sisters.

    August 29, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. rs

    No surprise, Mr. McDaniel had no case at all. That he waited 21 days past the deadline means that aside from being a sore loser, he's probably incompetent too.

    August 29, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. ChrisM

    And the tea people Lose Again. In fact the only primary that the tea people won was the one where they beat Cantor.
    Hahahahaha

    August 29, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  9. rick

    Thats why I am the worse nightmare for both partys. I am a INDEPENDANT VOTER that will never register for either party. And why does anyone actualy HAVE to register as either?? America is a democracy. Not a dictatorship. Thats what nazi germany did before Hitler was sworn into power. Register the voters for the "partys". And look where that ended up..

    August 29, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    McDaniel isn't bright enough to know he had to file a challenge within 20 days? Told you the teabags were dim ...

    August 29, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Hilarious. I suppose taking an extra 3 weeks past the deadline to try to fabricate evidence that "them thar darkies was cheetin!" was a terribad idea. Would've been super fun to see the judge tear into the substance of his claims, but it was moot. Dude might have a malpractice case though.

    August 29, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    All the states' rights advocates' heads are exploding over this one: Mississippi has an open primary system and it just bit a teabag in the bum.

    Don't like it? Work to change the law.

    Or better yet, offer candidates who are smart enough to know the rules about challenging an election result.

    August 29, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Thats why I am the worse nightmare for both partys. I am a INDEPENDANT VOTER that will never register for either party. And why does anyone actualy HAVE to register as either??"

    In Mississippi they CAN'T. Miss doesn't register voters by party, so all of his claims that "Dems cheated by cross-voting" were unsubstantiated hot air. Besides, this wasn't really about party. McDaniels thought he was going to have a safe white primary and Cochran ruined that for him so he threw a hissy while desperately trying to talk around what was really upsetting him about it.

    August 29, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  14. jboh

    Whaaa! They'll be crying over a burning cross this weekend.

    August 29, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. ja

    McDaniel sore loser, his affiliation with the So called tea party( contemporary KKK ) should have being enough for a loss

    August 29, 2014 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Yo

    Another Republican making a fool out of himself. Which one is next?

    August 29, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "Say WHAT???
    Sniffit
    " that why Pres.Obama took 500 BILLIONS from Medicare to fund HIS ACA"
    Except he didn't.

    Tampa Tim
    the $500 billion went to ACA and has provided health care to millions of uninsured Americans.

    OK, so which one of our resident lefty experts is lying and which one is not???

    BWAHAHAHAHA!!! Keep talking, I mean lying, or is it spinning?"
    =======
    These things are not contradictory, Jethro. Once again:

    1. It wasn't cuts, it is projected cost savings from implementing cost saving measures. It does not reduce or decrease the benefits to which people are entitled and is not a "cut."

    2. The savings was accounted for to reduce the overall cost of the entire ACA, so that the uninsured could get insurance and we could begin taking steps to control skyrocketing health care costs. Conversely, Ryan's budget that the GOP/Teatrolls all voted for used the same savings to give tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations.

    August 29, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. Bill

    @ja

    Agreed. McDaniel is not only a loser, but a clown.

    August 29, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Boy I'd hate to be one of us in MS this weekend....Seriously. However they could burn an entire town and the MSM would cover it up.

    August 29, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  20. Ol' Yeller

    "In the statement announcing its challenge, McDaniel's campaign claimed there was evidence of election fraud, including insecure ballot boxes and fraudulent voting. Among other things, McDaniel's supporters argued that African-American Democrats improperly voted in the Republican runoff after participating in the Democratic primary"

    This sounds so familiar for some reason... a sore loser teabagger claiming non-existent voter fraud and blaming it on them thar darkies.
    Where is rick mcdaniel and the other teabagger idiots with their cries of accountability and taking personal responsibilty?
    I though the teabagger crowd was all about this? It isn't about race with them, right?

    The hypocrisy on the right is thick enough to cut with a knife...

    August 29, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  21. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Ol' Yeller says:
    August 29, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm
    “In the statement announcing its challenge, McDaniel’s campaign claimed there was evidence of election fraud, including insecure ballot boxes and fraudulent voting. Among other things, McDaniel’s supporters argued that African-American Democrats improperly voted in the Republican runoff after participating in the Democratic primary”

    This sounds so familiar for some reason… a sore loser teabagger claiming non-existent voter fraud and blaming it on them thar darkies.
    Where is rick mcdaniel and the other teabagger idiots with their cries of accountability and taking personal responsibilty?
    I though the teabagger crowd was all about this? It isn’t about race with them, right?

    The hypocrisy on the right is thick enough to cut with a knife…

    I think our resident klans man Ricky McDaniel is probably consoling his nephew Chris. 😆😆

    August 29, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. Bigd

    Still want to see his PROOF of voter fraud

    August 29, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Mark in Seattle

    Joe Miller of the south.

    August 29, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  24. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The state Republicans have already told him to take a hike. Tea potty tears don't matter to them because they never stop crying.

    August 29, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |