By Bobby Harrison
Daily Journal Jackson Bureau
JACKSON – State Sen. Chris McDaniel, still refusing to give up his challenge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, said Friday via email his campaign had found 8,300 questionable ballots across the state from the June 24 Republican primary runoff.
He said many of those “were unquestionably cast by voters ineligible to participate in the June 24th runoff election” that McDaniel lost to Cochran by 7,667 votes.
McDaniel promised a Wednesday news conference “to discuss the evidence we have documented and our next steps.”
McDaniel has said before he intends to file a legal challenge to the June 24 election where Cochran defeated him 194,932 to 187,265.
This past week the McDaniel campaign sent supporters into each county to look for possible voter irregularities. The Cochran campaign, which has had representatives in each courthouse to observe the actions of the McDaniel campaign, has said only a few hundred irregularities were found.
“We have now moved into the third week of Chris McDaniel continuing to assert that a monstrous fraud was committed yet he has supplied zero evidence for these allegations,” said Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell. “It is extraordinarily irresponsible for an elected official to make such claims without providing proof.”
The McDaniel campaign and supporters have alleged instances of fraud, vote-buying and of people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary ineligibly voting in the Republican runoff.
McDaniel also continues to accuse some circuit clerks of making the review of the election data difficult for his supporters. A Texas group, True the Vote, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state Republican Party, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and others claiming access to the election data is being blocked. Various state and local officials dispute those claims.
Joe Nosef, state Republican Party chairman, accused True the Vote of filing a “frivolous” lawsuit and promised to seek sanctions against them.