McDaniel promises to reveal irregularities

FILE - This June 19, 2014 file photo shows Mississippi Republican Senate candidate, State Sen. Chris McDaniel speaking at a rally in Madison, Miss. Voters head to the polls in seven states Tuesday, and two of the longest serving members of Congress face challenges that could end their careers. In Mississippi, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran faces tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a Republican primary runoff. McDaniel is a 41-year-old state lawmaker who led Cochran by less than 1,400 votes but didn’t win a majority in the first round of voting. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

FILE – This June 19, 2014 file photo shows Mississippi Republican Senate candidate, State Sen. Chris McDaniel speaking at a rally in Madison.

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.

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  • AwakenNow

    The Sunherald reported – “At a hearing Friday morning (7/11/14), Harrison County Judge Roger R. Clark ruled Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker MUST HAND OVER THE BOOKS and McDaniel must pay for the personal information (birth dates) to be redacted.” Investigation should continue and any violation of voting laws should be prosecuted.

  • charlie

    McDaniel said that he had found 25,000 irregularities before he filed the law suit, then the filed his law suit and said that he found 15,000, now he says that he found 8,300. Perhaps he just can’t count.