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Chris McDaniel to file challenge to Mississippi Senate results
cbsnews.com ^ | 8/14/14 | Jake Miller

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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections

1 posted on 08/14/2014 10:45:13 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706
...with no more irregularities than any other election.

Therein lies the problem.

2 posted on 08/14/2014 10:46:20 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: cotton1706

What a stupid waste of time and energy. He is digging his political grave in MS.


3 posted on 08/14/2014 10:48:11 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: cotton1706
Chris McDaniel to file challenge to Mississippi Senate results

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.

4 posted on 08/14/2014 10:48:19 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (I want a Speaker who'll stick that pen and phone where no one but Reggie Love can find it!)
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To: cotton1706
From the article:

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.

5 posted on 08/14/2014 10:49:16 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
What a stupid waste of time and energy. He is digging his political grave in MS.

I think his plan is to sink Thad Cochran right along side him.

6 posted on 08/14/2014 10:50:07 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: cotton1706

He’d better NEVER give up. The establishment must be taught a lesson about their treachery, no matter how long it takes.


7 posted on 08/14/2014 10:50:10 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: Drew68

Show Haley Barbour and CO. no quarter.


8 posted on 08/14/2014 10:51:26 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: The Sons of Liberty
This is only about the umpteenth time I's heard or seen this, so what's the hold up?

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.

9 posted on 08/14/2014 10:54:27 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: fwdude
He’d better NEVER give up.

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.

10 posted on 08/14/2014 10:57:20 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

“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.


11 posted on 08/14/2014 11:00:57 AM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: fwdude

Agree! What’s right is right.


12 posted on 08/14/2014 11:01:14 AM PDT by mcshot (..."And this too shall pass.")
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To: Lurking Libertarian

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.


13 posted on 08/14/2014 11:01:30 AM PDT by Zenjitsuman (New Boss Nancy Pelosi)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; cotton1706
What a stupid waste of time and energy. He is digging his political grave in MS.

No, the real example of "a stupid waste of time and energy" is reading your posts and expecting anything of value coming from that exercise.

Why do you post such GOP-E drivel on a conservative, Tea-Party site like FreeRepublic?
14 posted on 08/14/2014 11:01:51 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: cotton1706

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.


15 posted on 08/14/2014 11:06:52 AM PDT by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

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.


16 posted on 08/14/2014 11:09:37 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Zenjitsuman
The way I heard it the elections people were not turning over the records for verification.

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.

17 posted on 08/14/2014 11:09:46 AM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

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.


18 posted on 08/14/2014 11:15:27 AM PDT by nikos1121
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19 posted on 08/14/2014 11:20:52 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

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?

Army? Yikes!


20 posted on 08/14/2014 11:26:26 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team fmore Marxists coming.)
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To: cotton1706

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.


21 posted on 08/14/2014 11:32:46 AM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: cotton1706

“...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.”


22 posted on 08/14/2014 11:33:28 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

“...He is digging his political grave in MS.”
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Yes, that is one of the standard canards put out by the Cochran/Barbour GOPe machine.


23 posted on 08/14/2014 11:34:26 AM PDT by House Atreides (ANOTHER CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN FOR CHILDERS 2014 .... Don't reward bad GOPe behavior.)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

Great! That’s two illegal votes right there!


24 posted on 08/14/2014 11:34:49 AM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps. And they're all stupid.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

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.


25 posted on 08/14/2014 11:51:32 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: cotton1706

Stop talking about doing it and just do it!


26 posted on 08/14/2014 12:08:41 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: pfony1

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....


27 posted on 08/14/2014 12:12:58 PM PDT by Nextrush (OBAMACARE IS A BAILOUT FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY)
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To: pfony1
I have to say I hope the Tea Party will chose more wisely the next time.

I'd have to say you come across as a GOP-E Paid Troll with comments like that.
28 posted on 08/14/2014 12:31:06 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: nikos1121
The idiot should have swallowed his pride and moved on for the next time. Instead he comes across as an idiot.

You have a big set calling any one an idiot. Try a mirror.

.TOIDI OUY

29 posted on 08/14/2014 1:16:41 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: USS Alaska

Yeah you’re the smartest guy in the room.


30 posted on 08/14/2014 2:35:24 PM PDT by nikos1121
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To: Lurking Libertarian

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.


31 posted on 08/14/2014 3:03:31 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: Waryone
Rick Hasen's Election Law Blog discusses McDaniel's lawsuit here.
32 posted on 08/14/2014 3:06:48 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian
... but he did get all the records

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!

33 posted on 08/14/2014 3:16:06 PM PDT by Waryone
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A few news articles on the filing of the lawsuit by McDaniel.

UPDATED: McDaniel files lawsuit over Senate runoff
http://www.clarionledger.com/story/politicalledger/2014/08/14/mcdaniel/14070175/

Chris McDaniel Lawsuit Challenges Loss To Thad Cochran
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/14/chris-mcdaniel-lawsuit_n_5680016.html

Lawsuit challenges loss to Sen. Cochran in Miss.
https://news.yahoo.com/lawsuit-challenges-loss-sen-cochran-miss-204951996—election.html


34 posted on 08/14/2014 3:17:47 PM PDT by deport
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To: Waryone
Or are you continuing to lie to make your lying GOPe look good?

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?

35 posted on 08/14/2014 3:42:52 PM PDT by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

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?

http://www.scribd.com/doc/235855819/2014-8-4-Complaint-and-Exhibits


36 posted on 08/14/2014 4:49:06 PM PDT by Waryone
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To: cotton1706; All
If Cochran prevails, the 2014 election cycle will be the first time since 2008 that every Senate Republican seeking reelection has been re-nominated.

Let's see how they do in the General Election on Nov. 4. These are Mid-term Elections; there will be a lower turnout. If McDaniel's supporters stay home, skip the Senate race on the ballot or vote for the Dem, Mississippi might have their first Democrat Senator in a long time. Don't think for a minute that Travis Childers is not going after the McDaniel voters. For the first time in years, the Democrat Party in MS is downright giddy. Look for money to start pouring in to the Dem's campaign coffers, that ordinarily would never be spent.
37 posted on 08/14/2014 5:37:32 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; All

He is digging his political grave in MS.
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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!


38 posted on 08/14/2014 5:40:24 PM PDT by Din Maker (I've always been crazy, but, that's the only thing that has kept) me from going insane.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Cochran was an EASY target:

Out-of-touch.
Tool of special interests.
Big Spender.
Big Taxer.

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.


39 posted on 08/15/2014 5:24:21 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: Nextrush

“...normal circumstances...”?

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.

Why?

Is anyone working to fix that problem before 2016? No?

WHY NOT?


40 posted on 08/15/2014 5:36:33 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: RitaOK; Old Retired Army Guy
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?

Army? Yikes!


Well, there are a lot of Old Retired Army Guys who are far from conservative, and would like nothing better than to pollute Free Republic with useless drivel, like Charlie Rangel for example...

Oh, my gosh, RitaOK! You don't suppose...?

41 posted on 08/15/2014 5:43:17 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: pfony1
Cochran was an EASY target:

Yea, especially when ALL of the GOP-E, and some of those who were supposed to be on our side lined up to support him, right?

Especially when Barbor and the GOP-E cheated everyway they knew how.

Yea, he was a real EASY target.

Next time, if you really aren't that informed about a subject, or if you are here to troll, why don't you keep your GOP-E supporting posts to yourself.
42 posted on 08/15/2014 6:32:33 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: COBOL2Java

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.


43 posted on 08/15/2014 8:39:48 AM PDT by RitaOK ( VIVA CRISTO REY / Public education is the farm team fmore Marxists coming.)
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