McDaniel Lawyers Expect Formal Challenge In Next 10 Days

Supporters of second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, hoist campaign signs as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2014, during a rally at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville, Miss., T... Supporters of second-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, hoist campaign signs as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2014, during a rally at the Jones County Courthouse in Ellisville, Miss., Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013. His decision to run will likely pit him against longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) MORE LESS
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State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s (R) lawyers held a press conference on Wednesday to clarify that they are not yet formally challenging the results of the Mississippi primary runoff election between McDaniel and Sen. Thad Cochran (R).

“This is not a challenge right now,” said Mississippi state Sen. Michael Watson, one of McDaniel’s lawyers. “It’s a look under the hood of the election process.”

Watson said that the campaign’s lawyers are still reviewing poll books and will not file a formal challenge unless they have enough evidence.

After Watson spoke, Mitch Tyner, one of McDaniel’s lawyers, said that they expect to file a formal challenge within the next 10 days.

He said that 60 clerks had cooperated and let them review election books, and that they have produced “tens of thousands of pages” during their review.

The campaign has yet to file substantial legal action. McDaniel’s lawyers have filed lawsuits to demand access to poll records.

Tyner addressed issues of race in the primary election — the McDaniel campaign has said that Cochran won the runoff with votes from African-Americans and Democrats.

McDaniel did not appear at the press conference.

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  1. “The Cochran campaign, through race-baiting, took us back 50 years.”

    Cochran’s an underachiever. McDaniel could take Mississippi back the full 150 years.

  2. Wow, look at all the non-whites in that picture! It’s shocking, isn’t it?

  3. Tick-tock… tick-tock

  4. McDaniel’s attorney now saying that votes from black Dems “diluted the REAL vote.”

    African American votes aren’t “real” votes, but it’s Cochran’s tactics that ruined race relations. Got it.

  5. Without any doubt or hestitation, I select this as my favorite current law suit or threat to sue.

    Long may she sail.

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