Tea Party Lawyer Will Review Observer Reports Before Deciding Next Step


The lawyer leading the tea party effort to ensure there is no improper voting in the race for U.S. Senate in Mississippi said he would review reports of poll watchers before announcing the next steps in support of state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS), who was narrowly defeated in the runoff election Tuesday night by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

“After I read the hundreds of pages of observer reports, I will have more information for you,” the attorney, J. Christian Adams, said when asked whether they would challenge election results, according to MSNBC.

Adams is the lead lawyer for the voter integrity initiative a number of tea party groups started for the runoff election and a former Department of Justice official from the Bush administration. Those groups support McDaniel.

Politico reached out to Ken Cuccinelli, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, one of the conservative outside groups closely supporting McDaniel’s candidacy and involved in the voter integrity project. Politico asked Cuccinelli if his group would consider challenging the runoff results in court but Cuccinelli hung up.

Earlier on Tuesday McDaniel refused to concede after various news outlets called the race for Cochran. Instead he suggested that his campaign would take new steps to fight the election results.

“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,” McDaniel said.

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