Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) on Thursday filed a legal challenge of the U.S. Senate primary election results in court.
“Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24,” McDaniel said in a statement, according to the Clarion-Ledger. “So we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process.”
McDaniel and his legal team claim that Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) only won the election with crossover votes from Democrats and African-Americans. McDaniel says he actually won the runoff by 25,000 votes.
According to McDaniel’s statement, the challenge “details the rampant election integrity problems including maintenance of ballot boxes, fraudulent votes, Insecure ballot boxes and election records, wrongly accepted absentee ballots, loosely documented security of voting machines; unsealed, unsecured ballot boxes in 22 counties, improper record maintenance within ballot boxes in 17 counties.”
Cochran’s lawyers, Butler Snow Law Firm, released a statement on the legal challenge on Thursday:
After many weeks of posturing and press conferences, and political stunts, we have finally reached the point where this matter will be settled by the courts. As we said last week, we look forward to holding the McDaniel campaign to the burden of proof that the law requires and defending the votes of the majority of Mississippians who elected Senator Cochran as the Republican nominee.
Read the legal challenge courtesy of the Clarion-Ledger: