Skip to comments.Chris McDaniel to file challenge to Mississippi Senate results
Posted on 08/14/2014 10:45:13 AM PDT by cotton1706
Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel is expected to file a formal legal challenge on Thursday to the June 24 Republican primary runoff that he narrowly lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, alleging that thousands of votes cast in favor of his opponent were illegal.
On Tuesday, McDaniel said his lawyers have a "rock-solid" case to make, according to the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.
McDaniel's team has argued that thousands of people who voted in the Republican runoff also cast ballots in the Democratic primary earlier in June, which would make their ballots invalid under state law. His team has highlighted affidavits from volunteers flagging thousands of illegal or irregular votes.
Cochran's team has pushed back, saying the race was decided fairly, and with no more irregularities than any other election.
Most legal observers say McDaniel's' case is a long shot. Still, Cochran's margin of victory in the runoff was only 7,667 votes, so the invalidation of several thousand votes, however unlikely, could affect the result.
McDaniel first took his complaints about the runoff election to the Mississippi Republican Party, which promptly volleyed the challenge to the courts, saying it was simply too big an issue for the state party to resolve in a timely manner.
According to the Clarion-Ledger, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice William L. Waller Jr. will appoint a special judge to preside over the case. There is no deadline for the court to reach a decision, but ballots for November's general election bearing either Cochran's or McDaniel's name must be delivered to county clerks by September 10.
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Therein lies the problem.
What a stupid waste of time and energy. He is digging his political grave in MS.
This is only about the umpteenth time I's heard or seen this, so what's the hold up? I'm beginning to wonder that if he made it to DC that he would be a lot of hot air and no action like all the rest of the worthless members of congress.
Whatever the final outcome, McDaniel's challenge endured an embarrassing hiccup this week, when observers spotted a curious pair of names on a list of hundreds of allegedly invalid votes circulated by McDaniel's attorney Mitchell H. Tyner on Monday.
Among the hundreds of allegedly fraudulent voters listed on an affidavit bearing Tyner's firm's letterhead were Tyner himself and his wife Sloane. Both were described as having "voted written in margin and on June 24," implying that they voted in the June 3 Democratic primary before crossing over to vote for Cochran in the June 24 GOP runoff.
I think his plan is to sink Thad Cochran right along side him.
He’d better NEVER give up. The establishment must be taught a lesson about their treachery, no matter how long it takes.
Show Haley Barbour and CO. no quarter.
From what I've read in the legal blogosphere, he keeps trying to turn up the 7,000+ invalid votes that he needs to overturn Cochran's margin, but actually has hard evidence of only about 2,500 cross-overs. So he keeps stalling, while talking about thousands more "questionable" votes that reflect possible sloppiness by poll workers but do not involve any provable fraud that will stand up in court.
Today is his last day to go to court, so he's fast approaching "now or never" time. I expect him to file late this afternoon, but I doubt he'll have hard proof of enough invalid votes to set aside Cochran's win.
“This is only about the umpteenth time I’s heard or seen this, so what’s the hold up?”
He had to gather information, with the State Election establishment stonewalling. Then he had to file a charge with the state republican party. And when they, as expected, turned down a hearing, he can now move to the courts.
Agree! What’s right is right.
The way I heard it the elections people were not turning over the records for verification.
Standing in the way Stonewalling is typical of Democrats, but now that Republicans are doing it we should be angry.
This republic doesn’t work well if the vote is in doubt.
This is good news. I always thought the GOP were a bunch of cowardly dolts. Remember how Gregoire stole the election from Rossi (Washington), and the GOP did very little to back him up.
He had to gain access to all the records, find the fraudulent votes that exceeded the margin of victory. Every step of the way his team was hassled and challenged by their own party.
If there is fraud enough to overturn the election, it should be overturned. If that requires that another run off is held, it should be. If it is required that McDaniel replaces Cochran as the candidate, it should be so.
Thad Cochran through his surrogates Rove and the detestable Haley Barbour ran a fraudulent campaign. If it can be proved that ineligible voters voted in the run off, those voters should be prosecuted to the furthest extent of the law. A fraudulent vote is theft against a legitimate vote.
If it is proved that Cochran, Rove and Barbour are complicit in this fraud they should also be prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned as this is an affront to a healthy Constitutional Republic.
Voter fraud is real. It has cost Republicans, particularly Conservatives, their rightful victories. It must be stopped.
There was some delay because the records had to be redacted (the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that he couldn't see voters' dates of birth and Social Security Numbers), but he did get all the records.
I agree with you, but the crazies on this forum are going to innundate you with hate emails and texts for the next 24 hrs, because they think this is a smart move on McDaniel’s part and you’re the one all wet.
The idiot should have swallowed his pride and moved on for the next time. Instead he comes across as an idiot.
The Current FReepathon Pays For The Current Quarter's Expenses?
That would be because...., hmmm, let me guess...
You are Thad’s brother, or....
You are on MISSISSIPPI RINO payroll, or....
You run a criminal enterprise, yourself, or....
You are with the NAACP, or,...
You are a nitwit of some proportion on matters of morals and ethics, where “time and energy” trumps election fraud?
Hopefully the “special judge” that Judge Waller designates will be fair, won’t dawdle and will have no corrupt connections of any kind to the corrupt Barbour web in Mississippi.
“...no more irregularities than any other election.”
They’re saying “We always cheat. Only this time we got those that we usually cheat to help us cheat.”
“...He is digging his political grave in MS.”
Yes, that is one of the standard canards put out by the Cochran/Barbour GOPe machine.
Great! That’s two illegal votes right there!
This SHOULD have been an easy win for McDaniel against good ole boy, big ole spender Cochran.
NOW, after running a weak scandal-damaged campaign, McDaniel just looks like a sore loser.
I have to say I hope the Tea Party will chose more wisely the next time.
Stop talking about doing it and just do it!
When thousands of Democrats were drawn into the final runoff vote by racially charged commercials and organizing fueled by the GOPe, McDaniel was defeated narrowly when under normal circumstances he would have beat Cochran by a wide margin....
You have a big set calling any one an idiot. Try a mirror.
Yeah you’re the smartest guy in the room.
He’s not the one stalling and you know it. We’ve had this discussion before and you know exactly who is holding things up. Go tell your buddy Cochran to get his people to release the documents they are keeping McDaniel from examining.
So what the evidence leads to Cochran’s people going to prison. At least you won’t be able to complain about the hold up any more.
So you've finally found the proof for that claim? The claim you admitted to me was only a huge assumption on your part? Or are you continuing to lie to make your lying GOPe look good?
Why would you even allow yourself to get caught in such a huge lie? This must be doing severe damage to the GOPe for them to send an operative in to tell such an egregious, easily refuted lie. They must be scared crapless! Good!
A few news articles on the filing of the lawsuit by McDaniel.
UPDATED: McDaniel files lawsuit over Senate runoff
Chris McDaniel Lawsuit Challenges Loss To Thad Cochran
Lawsuit challenges loss to Sen. Cochran in Miss.
Now that McDaniel has filed his lawsuit, why don't you point me to the paragraph of his Complaint where he complains about denial of access to voting records?
So you’re going to twist your of weeks ago reply to me in which you admitted you made an assumption and use this twist as your reply now?
What has changed since you admitted you were making an assumption that access had been provided? Nothing. You got caught lying by using an assumption as a fact and now you are trying to use a twisted form of that lie to defend yourself.
That isn’t even the worse part. You are dead wrong. McDaniel did mention that he has not been given access to every county’s document in the complaint. I have a copy of the complaint document filed. I have read it. You obviously have not read it or you would not continue to say it isn’t in the complaint. It also has its own separate court filing that went to the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Now, I don’t believe anything you say. You lie, and you make assumptions based on false information you haven’t even bothered to verify. Why should anyone pay any attention to a single thing you say?
He is digging his political grave in MS.
Speaking of graves: The stress from all of this might cause old Thad to stroke out and go on to that big Senate Cloak Room in the sky. Problem solved!
Cochran was an EASY target:
Tool of special interests.
Why couldn’t McDaniel WIN the Primary with THOSE issues handed to him on a silver platter?
IMHO, we already have enough dirty-trick-playing “blame-shifters” in Washington.
What could be “normal” about allowing DEMOCRATS to “vote” in REPUBLICAN Primaries?
That stupid Trojan horse was exploited in many races in 2012. Todd Aikin comes to mind.
Did Mississippi Republicans “fix” that problem before 2014? No? But (you say) this is NOT the fault of the majority of Mississippi’s Republicans.
Is anyone working to fix that problem before 2016? No?
Oh, my gosh, RitaOK! You don't suppose...?
Shock left me fussing at retired ARMY. Can hardly believe it myself. I mean, who says “time and energy” is wasted in the pursuit of justice.
Time and energy for justice is the life blood of ARMY. Free and fair elections aren’t that hard. So when corrupt ones are pulled off, Barbour style, they stand out. Justice is pursued because it is right to do so.