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Miss. GOP to file Senate runoff certified results

electionsJACKSON, 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.

Unofficial results from the election showed Cochran received nearly 6,800 more votes than McDaniel, winning with 51 percent.

McDaniel, a state senator from Ellisville, has said he intends to challenge his loss, based on his belief that thousands of people might have violated state law by voting in the June 3 Democratic primary and June 24 Republican runoff. McDaniel has not released documents to support his claim.

Mississippi voters don’t register by party, but law bans people from voting in one party’s primary and the other party’s runoff in the same election cycle.

The McDaniel campaign has said it intends to have volunteers examine election records in all 82 counties. The Cochran campaign said Monday that it has representatives in every county to watch the process.

“The county-by-county results reported thus far are revealing an extremely low number of crossover votes from the June 24th election,” Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell said in a statement. “As the process moves forward, the conversation is shifting from wild, baseless accusations to hard facts. As we have said from the beginning, the runoff results are clear: The majority of Mississippians voted for Senator Thad Cochran.”

Under state law, McDaniel would first have to file an election challenge with the state Republican executive committee. If the committee does not order a new election, he could file a lawsuit in a state circuit court and ask a judge to set a new election.

The Republican nominee will face two candidates in the Nov. 4 general election: Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers and the Reform Party’s Shawn O’Hara, who has run unsuccessfully for several statewide offices over the past 23 years.


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