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Bridget Johnson


July 3, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) is offering 15 $1,000 rewards to uncover any voter fraud that could help him successfully challenge Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) primary victory.

McDaniel has not conceded the race, with Cochran having 50.9 percent of the vote and his Tea Party challenger coming in with 49.1 percent.

McDaniel has been soliciting donations from supporters to mount a legal challenge and last Friday sent out an email asking for volunteers to send their contact information to a legal firm to help investigate the Cochran camp.

Today he announced an “Election Integrity Challenge and Voter Fraud Reward” to distribute $1,000 rewards to up to 15 individuals “who provide evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud on or leading up to the June 24, 2014, Republican primary runoff election in Mississippi.”

A pastor claimed Monday that he was given money by the Cochran campaign to pay members of his church community $15 each to vote.

Now, McDaniel is soliciting $15 donations to fund his rewards.

“The most important issue here is maintaining the integrity of the electoral process here in Mississippi,” McDaniel said. “These allegations of criminal behavior on behalf of the Cochran are troubling, and any evidence of fraud will be turned over to the authorities to be investigated.”

The Cochran campaign tried to hold a press call yesterday to respond to the allegations of the McDaniel camp, but the call was crashed by McDaniel supporters after the conference number was leaked on Twitter.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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