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Report: McDaniel Campaign Starts Legal Challenge Of Runoff Results

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According to TIME, McDaniel has sent a "Notice of Intent to Challenge" to the campaign of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), which defeated McDaniel in the runoff election for U.S. Senate in June. The notice of intent is one of the first official steps the McDaniel campaign is taking in its push to fight the results of the runoff.

The McDaniel campaign plans to file an official challenge with the Mississippi Republican Party early next week, McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch said to TIME. Fritsch said a legal challenge in court will follow too.

It's unclear if the Cochran campaign has received the notice of intent. Cochran spokesman Jordan Russell said he could not confirm that Cochran's campaign had received the notice. Russell also said the challenge is "baseless."

"Frankly, it's a publicity stunt, an attempt to help him to retire his campaign debt," Russell said of McDaniel.

TPM has also reached out to the Cochran campaign since TIME published its report but has not heard back yet.