McDaniel formally challenges Mississippi runoff results in GOP Senate primary
August 14th, 2014
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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.

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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. The Real Tom Paine

    @just asking, its an open primary, which means anyone can vote in it. Btw, how are your voter suppression efforts going?

    August 14, 2014 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Why do republicans always screw around with our country, trying to ruin it?

    August 14, 2014 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. smith

    Tampa Tim

    Smith – Stop reporting like Fox News. If I remember correctly, you took Fox's haphazard reporting on Cliven Bundy, you found Bergdahl guilty without a trial, and you are pushing the death of an unarmed man as justified?

    First, I was never on the Bundy bandwagon. Second, If Bergdahl is given a NJP there will be no trial. A 2009 military investigation found that Bergdahl went AWOL. All the witnesses have testified that he went AWOL and not one including Bergdahl himself have said otherwise. Last, until the facts come in about the Ferguson shooting Im staying neutral.

    August 14, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. smith

    @Rudy and Sniffit-I said some have decided the police officer is guilty of murder (keyword decided). Check out Wake Up's and Austin Powers comments on the first post of the day about Clinton.

    August 14, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. len

    Do not vote for tea party nominees....they are losers and racists. Vote them out in 2014....

    August 14, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  6. aaron

    It's enough to get any good Repub riled up. How dare black people vote in THEIR primary? Of course, come the general election, the few blacks who vote Repub will be more than welcome....if they've got identification.

    August 14, 2014 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  7. pjoe

    Fraudulent election. Throw it out.

    August 14, 2014 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  8. hussein ovomit

    Funny how only time the muslim idiot clown president has a problem is when a white kills a black. He has no problem with black killing white or black killing black. And how about the nutjob eric holder. What a joke that dude is. He didnt have a problem with black panthers threating whites at voteing booth in 08 if they didnt vote for the fruitcake obozo. But he investigates a parade float making fun of halfrican hussein obozo. Racist in the whitehouse surrounded by his racist doj, hls, what a pathetic idiot. 2 more years anyone but obozo anyone even hillary or putin or assad anyone is better than this worm weazel obozo

    August 14, 2014 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  9. American Worker

    It's time to challenge the Racketeering of the GOP, DNC, and National X organizations.

    August 14, 2014 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  10. MaryM

    No more Tea People !!

    August 14, 2014 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Stop the world and let me off.

    Don't cry for me Argentina .

    Please release me , let me go .

    Chris McDaniel " Headlining through Aug at the Ramada Inn in Gulfport ".

    August 15, 2014 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  12. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    @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?"

    Wah, wah, wah! We didn't lose because we have sucky policies and candidates, we lost because you cheated! Wah, wah, wah!

    August 15, 2014 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  13. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    @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?"

    Here are some facts to chew on about the effects of open primaries (BTW, only New Hampshire, Florida, South Carolina and Missouri have them):

    During the 2008 presidential election, some Republican advocates called for Republicans to cross over and vote in the Democratic race, to help Hillary Clinton win, on the premise that Obama had a better chance of beating their candidate. The Rush Limbaugh Show's "Operation Chaos" is the best known of these movements.

    August 15, 2014 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  14. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

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

    If McDaniel doesn't like open primaries, he should work to change the law.

    Until then, he should stop his whining about the fact that he LOST.

    August 15, 2014 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  15. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid the repub/tea bag majority.

    McDaniel looks a little like Tim Allen is this photo ... Poor Tim Allen!!

    August 15, 2014 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  16. Marcus (from...?)

    I learned a lot about Brzil these past months. They have a saying that fits this situation perfectly: 'Kicking a dead dog', or doing something absolutely pointless and ridiculous and way too late to have any practical effect, the US equivalent is 'a dollar short and a day late' (more or less).
    That's what this guy's doing... kicking a dead dog.

    August 15, 2014 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    Sniffit – "We should send McDaniels to Ferguson..."

    Maybe we should send Thad Cochran instead and he could get them to VOTE!

    August 15, 2014 04:46 am at 4:46 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    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."

    ********
    Lynda, it is legal in Georgia, too, and voters from BOTH parties do it. We decide the best use for our vote and go for it. I did so myself once, voting against Ralf Reed.

    August 15, 2014 04:49 am at 4:49 am |
  19. anthony78

    @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?

    Criminals? You only like the laws when they benefit you, huh?
    Go away. You add nothing of substance or intelligence to the conversation...

    August 15, 2014 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  20. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    HILARIOUS watching Guns Over People teatards walk the plank toward another November. They are TERRIFIED of the American people.

    August 15, 2014 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  21. Marie MD

    All he's missing is the white hood. Sorry, just that kind of face.
    That being said, he's correct. Repugs did not elect Cochran by themselves. Lots of sane people voted against him, including Democrats and, Independents (down south?).

    August 15, 2014 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  22. Marie MD

    @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? REALLY man?
    The voting criminals are the ones in your party who are gerrymandering districts for votes to end rethugs regardless and they are coming up with non laws and a trip to Hades for some people to vote but guess what, they are taking that trip and taking your party down where they belong.

    August 15, 2014 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  23. yolanda

    @Sniffit, yes McDaniel is a sore loser and a less than desirable (ex)candidate. I am thrilled that he lost. But when you make the comment that "we should send him to Ferguson with a pretty bow ...." you are guilty of trying to foment racial discord. Coming from someone (you) who uses the race card ad nauseuam, I call BS. Extremely lame.

    August 15, 2014 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  24. Tampa Tim

    In the red states, including Wisconsin, the Mississippi of the north, it looks like it is a good time to invest in manufacturers who make white sheets..

    August 15, 2014 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  25. salty dog

    Just, did someone break the law, only his campaign crew, accidently getting locked up with ballots all night, thus guy is something else, when its two gop guys, its somehow the Democrats fault, still can't see yourself for what you are, a grown man with no balls, acts like a only child asked to share his toys, oh the horror!

    August 15, 2014 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
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