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McDaniel Advances Challenge, Claiming ‘Republicans Did Not Elect the Nominee’

Mississippi not getting involved because he "has not requested a new election, but to be declared the winner by the Republican Party."

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Ben Ledbetter

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August 16, 2014 - 10:15 am
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Incumbent Republican Thad Cochran might be the candidate who is facing Democrat Travis Childers in the Nov. 3 Senate election, but Chris McDaniel, Cochran’s primary opponent, continues to be in the spotlight.

While McDaniel is seeking to have a court declare him the winner of the Republican primary, his campaign has been named in a summons that is connected to a possible vote-buying scheme and also involves a political blogger from California and a pastor from Meridian.

Mississippi state Sen. McDaniel had a team assembled to document alleged voting irregularities during the June 3 Republican primary and the June 24 runoff with six-term incumbent Cochran.

He filed the 243-page report with the state’s Republican Party and that challenge was denied. The state senator will now have to file his case in any county courthouse, but the case is expected to reach the state’s Supreme Court, according to the Clarion-Ledger. McDaniel’s legal team presented the report to supporters at a news conference outside the Jackson office of attorney Mitch Tyner, who is working with McDaniel on the challenge. McDaniel had until Thursday to file his challenge.

According to the Sun Herald, state party chairman Joe Nosef told McDaniel’s legal team that they would have to hear the issue of the contest in one day before the state senator’s deadline to go to the legal system and that would not be enough time.

The state senator’s challenge, according to the Clarion-Ledger, was an attempt to prove with voting records, a post-election poll and media reports of mistakes that the June 24 runoff was stolen from him.

“They asked us to put up or shut up and here we are with the evidence,” McDaniel said at an Aug. 4 news conference in Jackson.

McDaniel alleged in his complaint that 27 counties counted absentee votes that did not meet the requirements of the election code and also alleged that 12 counties failed to certify the results of the June 24 runoff in the time required by the state.

McDaniel stated in the complaint that Hinds County had denied his representatives access to election records on July 7 since it had not yet certified the June 24 runoff. Those were certified after business hours on July 7.

Regardless of which county did what, the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office is staying away from this issue.

“Because the challenger’s campaign has not requested a new election, but to be declared the winner by the Republican Party, circuit clerks, election commissioners, our agency and Mississippi taxpayers should not be party to any subsequent lawsuits,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said in an Aug. 7 statement. “This will save untold amounts of taxpayer dollars in unnecessary litigation costs.”

“As we have said before, this is a party primary, not conducted by the state, and is solely a party issue which will now be resolved by the courts.”

On Thursday, Aug. 14, McDaniel filed the challenge in Jones County. The Mississippi state Supreme Court will appoint a special judge to handle the case.

“Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24,” he said in a news release from his campaign. “So, we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process.”

“This challenge is not about the candidates. It is about the integrity of Mississippi’s election process and we are committed to ensuring that process is accurate and fair for future Republican candidates.”

To help finance the case, McDaniel is once again turning to supporters for help.

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The problem with the Tea Party challenges isn't that the incumbents were great, it's that the challengers were so flawed in most cases.

The only quality challengers this cycle were Brat in VA-7 and Carr in Tennessee - but they got little or no outside money, while questionable characters like McDaniel and Fox got millions.

The idiot who replaced DeMint at Senate Conservatives Fund has done nothing but waste money and sow discord. He needs to be fired.

And people should NEVER give money to ANY of the so-called "Tea Party groups" like TP Express, TP Fund, TP America, TP Patriots,or Freedom Works, either. They spend less than 5% on candidates and issues, the rest on salaries, luxury travel, and raising more money.

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And the winner of the Norm Coleman Award for the worst loser of the year is......
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Let's assume McDaniel is right on all his claims and overturns Cochran's primary victory. He will lose the general--Flat out. There won't be enough time to mount a campaign against democraats who will paint him as suppressing black voters. The negative PR and lack of time to campaign is political death.

Or let's say the courts ultimately toss out all his claims. He is Jeopardizing a Republican senate seat. Republicans look as they act, fractionalized and Cochran wastes time and treasure fighting another Republican. My preference is McDaniel. I have no say so in the matter other than once in a while, it is better to take the punch in the nose and return to fight later.

Again, for me..these are the Levini-ites pushing for something that we are not getting. All I want is their votes beyond that, they are as bad, sadly, as low info libs
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Anyone who thinks the GOP establishment isn't taking a dive in 2014 and isn't working with Obama, and not against him, needs only to look at this election in Mississippi. Thad Cochran is just taking up space in Washington. Is he actively opposing Obama? No. He's just going along to get along.
Keep fighting, Mr. McDaniel
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Not quite housebroken yet...

If the believes he was cheated, then his recourse is to seek justice through the law. It seems that Sen. Senile might have cheated and the will of the actual republican party members was negated.
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The problem with the Tea Party challenges isn't that the incumbents were great, it's that the challengers were so flawed in most cases.

The only quality challengers this cycle were Brat in VA-7 and Carr in Tennessee - but they got little or no outside money, while questionable characters like McDaniel and Fox got millions.

The idiot who replaced DeMint at Senate Conservatives Fund has done nothing but waste money and sow discord. He needs to be fired.

And people should NEVER give money to ANY of the so-called "Tea Party groups" like TP Express, TP Fund, TP America, TP Patriots,or Freedom Works, either. They spend less than 5% on candidates and issues, the rest on salaries, luxury travel, and raising more money.

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Please cite where these numbers are available.
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What's so "questionable" about McDaniel?
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He's not been anointed by the ruling class.
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Nothing. Estragon is pushing FUD.

Coleman's tactics in getting enough illegal votes in the runoff to "beat" McDaniel, are way more sketchy than the Perry indictment.
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Coleman was behind this!
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And the winner of the Norm Coleman Award for the worst loser of the year is......
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Yeah, those who've been cheated should just shut up- Democrat party policy.
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Man, you have a very descriptive name! Coleman lost by 300 votes! But he was ahead twice before a bunch of votes were discovered in the TRUNK of a Demorat operative. You might have been a sore loser too if that happened to you.
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