McDaniel Won’t Concede: We Must Ensure ‘Republicans’ Voted

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Tea party favorite and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) did not concede defeat to Sen. Thad Corchan (R-MS) after the runoff election was called for Cochran in the race for U.S. Senate in Mississippi.

Instead, McDaniel, in his election night speech to supporters on Tuesday, suggested that he would fight the election results. McDaniel said “there is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

McDaniel’s comments are a clear reference to the Cochran campaign seeking out the support of African-Americans and Democratic voters in the state to bringing him over the finish line in the runoff. Even though McDaniel won in the runoff it was by a slim margin. When the race was called late on Tuesdaywith 98 percent reporting Cochran led McDaniel 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent.

“As you know there were literally dozens of irregularities reported across this state. And you know why. You read the stories. You’re familiar, you’re familiar with the problems that we had,” McDaniel said.

“Now it’s our job to make sure that sanctity of the vote is upheld. Before this race ends we have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters,” he continued. “And so we will stand with courage, we will stand with judgement, we will stand with integrity and we will stand for dedication.”

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