Sore Loser: Tea Party Candidate Serves Cochran With Notice To Challenge Election Results
The tea party-backed candidate in Mississippi’s GOP primary for the U.S. Senate notified Sen. Thad Cochran on Thursday that he plans to challenge the outcome.
State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s campaign served papers to Cochran’s son, Clayton, with notice of intent to challenge the results, citing allegations of improper crossover voting, according to the Clarion-Ledger. But, Mississippi has open elections, meaning, members of any political party can vote. So this seems like a futile and desperate move.
Also, FreedomWorks may represent a potential legal challenge.
McDaniel’s team had dispatched volunteers across the state to investigate election results in the state’s 82 counties. An outside group has already filed a lawsuit in federal court.
McDaniel’s campaign has retained a legal team and is urging supporters to donate to the campaign legal fund.
The challenge was filed with the state Republican Party executive committee, as required by law, the Clarion-Ledger reported, and an official court challenge could come as early as next week.
Campaign staffers and 150 volunteers have already combed through voting records in 51 counties and claim to have identified nearly 5,000 “irregularities,” which are mostly tied to people who were ineligible to vote in the state’s June 24 runoff election, McDaniel campaign spokesman Noel Fritsch said.
The McDaniel campaign is offering 15 rewards of $1,000 each for individuals who “provide evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud.” Donations to the campaign’s legal coffers will help fund the rewards.
Which gives me an idea. Find voter fraud with McDaniel voters and make $1,000 from the Tea Partier. McDaniel supporters were caught in the same courtroom in the middle of the night, where votes are tabulated. I’m sure there are some discrepancies, but they probably won’t work out in his favor.
Conservatives dispatched poll watchers to vet the process on election day so there’s that, too.
H/T: Agnostic-Tech-God @ComgenKDT with thanks.