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GOP official reports fewer illegal ballots than McDaniel claims

JACKSON — The Hinds County Republican Party chairman said yesterday that 300 to 350 possible illegally cast votes were found in Mississippi’s largest county in the Senate runoff between incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel. That total is significantly lower than McDaniel’s assertion that at least 1,500 improper votes were found in Hinds County. “I guess inflation occurs in ...

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Court wants more info from McDaniel on voting records request

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is seeking more information about state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s request for voting records as he prepares a possible challenge of his loss to Sen. Thad Cochran in a Republican primary runoff. Three justices yesterday asked McDaniel to tell them what laws address the disclosure of voters’ personal information. They’re also asking Attorney General Jim ...

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Will McDaniel file challenge of his runoff loss to Cochran?

ELLISVILLE — State Sen. Chris McDaniel is expected to announce today whether he will file a formal challenge of his loss to six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff. State law specifies that McDaniel’s first challenge would be filed with the state Republican Party executive committee. His campaign attorney, Mitch Tyner, has said McDaniel could file ...

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McDaniel turns to Supreme Court in bid to count votes

JACKSON — U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McDaniel asked yesterday for an emergency order forcing Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker to let him see original copies of poll books. He’s trying to prove people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary illegally voted in ...

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Lack of time, money hurting McDaniel's effort to toss Cochran's win

JACKSON — A tight timeline and potential cash crunch could make it impossible for tea party-backed Chris McDaniel to overturn his Republican primary loss to six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran. McDaniel has called the outcome a sham and excoriated Cochran on television and talk radio for seeking votes from “liberal Democrats.” While McDaniel stops short of mentioning race, Mississippi is ...

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McDaniel's backers refile poll books lawsuit

JACKSON — A federal lawsuit seeking voter records has been refiled in Mississippi’s southern district federal court. Texas group True the Vote and 22 Mississippi residents refiled their lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Jackson against Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and the state Republican Party. The new version of the suit adds election commissions in Copiah, Hinds, ...

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Cruz backs runoff investigation; tea party group calls Cochran 'scum'

WASHINGTON — In a fresh sign of Republican turmoil, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tea party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel all backed an investigation yesterday into the June 24 Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, without offering evidence of alleged voter fraud they cited in the bitterly fought race. One day after Sen. Thad Cochran was certified the primary winner ...

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Oxford judge wants to send poll books lawsuit to Jackson

JACKSON — A federal judge in Oxford asked yesterday why he shouldn’t send a lawsuit about access to poll books to Jackson. U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills, in an order filed yesterday, wrote that it appears the defendants and the witnesses in a case filed by 13 Mississippi residents and True the Vote, a Texas group, are located in ...

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Republicans certify Cochran's win over McDaniel

JACKSON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won the state’s Republican primary runoff over challenger Chris McDaniel by 7,667 votes, according to a certification made by the state Republican Party and submitted to the Secretary of State yesterday, the legal deadline. The result was wider than the 6,800-vote win counted by The Associated Press after the June election. Tallies usually change ...

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Miss. GOP to file Senate runoff certified results

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Republican Party faces a Monday deadline to file certified results from the June 24 runoff in which six-term Sen. Thad Cochran defeated Chris McDaniel. Party spokesman Bobby Morgan said results will be filed with the secretary of state’s office by the 5 p.m. deadline. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the numbers would be publicly released Monday. ...

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