Lawyers for U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel allege he defeated incumbent Thad Cochran by more than 15,000 votes in the June 24 Republican primary election.
“They asked us to put up or shut up — here we are,” McDaniel said in a news conference Monday.
McDaniel and his attorney, Mitch Tyner, said they’ll file an official legal challenge to the Mississippi Republican Party Executive Committee.
“The facts are on our side. The law is on our side,” McDaniel said. “We look forward to our venue in front of the Republican Executive Committee. This is the opportunity for our party to take the lead on honest, good, transparent government.”
The Mississippi Republican Party nominated Cochran, the incumbent, as its candidate after certifying the results June 24 runoff election, which Cochran won by more than 7,000 votes.
Tyner said a review of the election results by McDaniel supporters found 3,500 crossover votes, 9,500 irregular votes and about 2,275 absentee ballots that were improperly cast, among other voting problems.
“We anticipate after they review the challenge, they’ll see Chris McDaniel clearly won the Republican vote in the runoff,” Tyner said. “Now, I say that very assuredly because that’s what the mathematics show, that’s not what I’m arguing.”
Good. I hope he wins. I sent him a little money to help with the challenge.