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‘The Evidence Is Still Coming in’: McDaniel Seeking Poll Book Access in Mississippi

Cochran camp: "We are focusing on winning the general election in November and moving away from the circus." (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Ben Ledbetter

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July 24, 2014 - 12:04 am
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While incumbent Thad Cochran will be the likely candidate to face Democrat and former Rep. Travis Childers this fall, state senator and Mississippi Republican U.S. Senate primary candidate Chris McDaniel is not throwing in the towel – and checking for voting irregularities across the state.

McDaniel’s ultimate goal is to get a new election by showing that people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary also voted in the June 24 Republican runoff.

“This affects every voter in Mississippi,” said Mitchell Tyner, a member of McDaniel’s legal team, at a July 16 press conference from his Jackson office. “The evidence is still coming in.”

Tyner said he has filed 20 writs of mandamus, which would give him access to a county’s poll book with no redacted information. Tyner said he had enough evidence to make a formal challenge and that crossover voting would be part of it. He filed the motion for reconsideration, hearing, and clarification before the state’s highest court on Friday. Friday’s motion included evidence of the costs a candidate would have if he or she were to gain access to the election records if the court’s ruling was allowed to stand.

That examination process took a hit when the state Supreme Court ruled on July 17 that Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Powell does not have to provide unredacted copies of the poll books from the June 24 runoff, according to The Sun Herald.

“After due consideration, we can discern no legal requirement that poll books should be included in the contents of the ballot boxes, see Miss. Code Ann. 23-15-591, nor are any allegations before us that the poll books at issue here were found in the Harrison County ballot boxes,” the ruling stated. “Poll books instead are official records of all persons qualified to vote in a particular county and properly preserved and maintained by the circuit clerk.”

The ruling went on to state that access to the information is controlled by the state’s public records act and that clerks must redact voters’ Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, date of birth and age before someone else makes use of the records.

With two of the justices absent, Tyner said he wanted to also present an oral argument before the court.

Despite the setback, McDaniel is undeterred in his goal to gain access to the records.

“A candidate for office in Mississippi should not have to raise $100,000 to verify an election was carried out legally in every single one of Mississippi’s 82 counties,” he said. “We are confident the full panel of Justices will do the right thing, and we remain undeterred in our efforts to gain access to the election records in the counties where we have not been granted access to records thus far.”

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and Mitch and Boehner wonder why conservatives aren't embracing the republican party.

Seems that they are doing everything possible to force people out, rather than to embrace them.

And I have stated for a long time, that I have no problem with an honest campaign and primary, with all involved pledging to support the winner, but there must be honesty in the voting.
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The GOP Elite do need to pay a price for their actions.
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I am glad that Chris McDaniel is going after Thad Cochran.

Thad Cochran used dirty tricks and the Republican establishment circled the wagons around him.

We are involved in a political ratten kreig. The only way to win in the long term is to go after him in the courts and in the court of public opinion *after* the primaries to make him accountable for his illegal campaign methods.
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Don't overlook Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, he's as established as one can get.
7 weeks ago
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Well, we know that Cochran became a member of the GOP in the late 60's and has voted for them ever since. McDaniels, on the other hand, seems to have voted for anyone BUT the GOP candidate or stayed home. Sounds like a plant to me.
Not a fan of Cochran, but can you guys PLEASE vet the challengers a bit more?
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Seems like Cochran failed the vetting, and McDaniel got more votes than Cochran before Cochran lied to get Dem votes.
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Evidence will be found in the same place that Lois Lerner's emails are.

Nowhere.
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and Mitch and Boehner wonder why conservatives aren't embracing the republican party.

Seems that they are doing everything possible to force people out, rather than to embrace them.

And I have stated for a long time, that I have no problem with an honest campaign and primary, with all involved pledging to support the winner, but there must be honesty in the voting.
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Barry, TomD,

Fine w/ both your comments, all of them. I'm pretty sure that the GOPS are determined to create a 3rd party by accident. We will be there. That party will become what the establishment on the left understands and the right fears, an
"identity group."

In either case, the Conservative Party (oh I hope, I hope...) will
garner a lot more respect as a minority which can seal deals in congress than it
has ever commanded as a subgroup of the republicans. A spinoff, if you will,
which will release and increase shareholder (voter) value.
8 weeks ago
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The progressive GOP establishment would rather have a Democrat majority U.S. Senate than allow GOP voters to actually decide who the candidates should be. The special interests have spoken--Thad "open borders" Cochran must be the candidate or else.
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Ann Coulter is right. You guys would rather have a Democratic controled Senate if you don't get your way. She points out that Cochran has always polled well with blacks. Here is her article if you want to learn the facts.

http://www.anncoulter.com/
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Coulter's no conservative., if she was she wouldn't have fallen for Crispy Cream Christie...Cochran's a long time do nothing RINO. Polling well with blacks is one thing, blacks voting in both primaries is something else.
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Well, I guess this is that 1% of the time when I disagree with Ann. A line was clearly crossed here. The Establishment used Dem slurs to defeat a Conservative, a decent candidate who would have won the general, because unbroken to their saddle, he could not be controlled. It cannot be rewarded. McDaniel supporters should just blank the Senate race this fall if Cochran remains the nominee. The Rs haven't exactly set the world on fire with control of the House and with 40+ votes, which we already have, we can filibuster a Supreme Court nominee in the Senate.
8 weeks ago
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He had the chance to bequeath the seat to the GOP. He had the chance to bow out when his GOP opponent got more votes.

Cochran blew it, so did his establishment allies.

If it comes down to the Senate being lost by one seat...and McDaniel causes Cochran to lose it.

I'll buy McDaniel a steak dinner.

Cochran doesn't want to take the country in the correct direction.

From the sound of you, neither do you. You sound fine with the country's long term average direction.
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The idea that Thad Cochran is not a conservative is nonsense. He has a lifetime 78.9 rating from the American Conservative Union. He also has a hell of a lot better chance of keeping this Senate seat in GOP hands. Let's fight Obama and the Dems, not the slightly less conservative Republicans.
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He's not the most conservative candidate who can win, and he is the candidate first by imprudence and then by fraud.

So I'm cool with him losing.
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The gop ruling class would rather have a democrat controlled senate, than having to deal even one more conservative republican. They have more in common with the democrats than they do with the conservative base. Besides, last time the republicans "controlled" the senate, the dems ACTUALLY controlled it anyway.
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You are not the base. I am not even sure the Republicans have a monolithic base but I know the biggest disruptive force in the party are a small band of faux Libertarians who are acting like a Democratc false flag operation.

If we end up with continued Democratic Party control of the Senate and the White House in 2016 they will appoint so many SCOTUS judges that the Republic will be finished.

Morons like you have the maturity of a toddler. If you don't get your way you throw a temper tantrum. I would like to say that we don't need morons like you in the Republican Party but we need every vote we can get to balance the bulk of the dimwitted Millennials and the free stuff crowd. So if you can't grow up, shut and just pull the lever.
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"You are not ... false flag operation."

1) The base is the rightmost 50% of the country. Pretty sure you're to the left of the mean--or you'd see how the GOP "Establishment" is the problem. Dems are going to be Dems, no excuse for the GOPers to be the same.

2) They aren't faux libertarians, they are real ones. They understand it's government's job to be as small, irrelevant, and unneeded as possible. The GOP Establishment can't see enough lobbying money in that...

"If we end ... will be finished."

And it will the 70 some out of 80 some years when the Taft/Teddy wing of the GOP held sway, surrendering to FDR, which did that damage. You know, the RINOs.

"Morons like you ... pull the lever."

I can see nominating the McCains, Romneys, and Doles has failed repetitively (within my lifetime). I can see the Establishment runs out the people who make any real progress (Gingrich), or nullifies the gains of the actual committed small government reformers who get elected and retain office (Reagan). You RINOs give the Dems everything they want, just a little slower than the Dems want it...

...And you're clueless enough to be proud of your accomplishments.

I will not pull the lever for the likes of you, and not likely for those you earnestly approve of.

Because you are not good enough for the effort to be worthwhile.
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"we need every vote we can get"

Yes, you do, and you clearly intend to get those votes by calling people morons. Way to win friends and influence people. Idiot.
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Progressive immature troll alert. Note the phrasing of the last paragraph.
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What's the Mississippi gop establishment all worked up about? If they have nothing to hide, why not let McDaniel waste his time?
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I don't believe the GOP has a real shot at taking the Senate. As in 2012, too many people are looking at the state of the economy and the nation and are not asking, "who did this to us?" Rather, "which party will supply us the goodies to get us through these bad times?" The Dems are the party of "goodies" and will keep the Senate.

Better that McDaniels expose the crooked GOP establishment for what they are than endure criminal behavior in the hopes of keeping a Senate seat that won't make much difference after November.
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You are no better than a lefty. If you don't get your way then you support socialism. Make no mistake about it that is exactly what are doing when you want to give the Democrats the Senate. Your type is why Obama got re-elected. And if your preferred candidate doesn't get the nomination you will probably vote for the Clinton or Warren to send a message. Moron.
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" Your type is why Obama got re-elected. "

No. Your sort got the candidates you wanted--Mccain, Romney--and they couldn't get the job done.

Far more your bad than mine, and I voted for both of them.
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Go ahead and delude yourself that the Dems haven't already "bought" the country. All conservatives have left is a sense of propriety that the GOP elite (and apparently, you) has cynically abandoned in the hope of staying at the table a getting a few crumbs dropped from the table. Curse me all you want; it won't change what is happening.
8 weeks ago
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The GOP Elite do need to pay a price for their actions.
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I live in Ohio. Rob Portman lost my vote for Senator when he donated to this stealing of an election in Mississippi. Until the Republican leadership corrects this awful act I will not vote Republican. Except for the Tea Party wing which the establishment hates. So, you reap what you sow Portman and Kasich.
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