Chris McDaniel has New Life to his Challenge of Thad Cochran’s Tainted VictoryPosted by Editorial Staff on October 3, 2014
Chris McDaniel has been fighting what he believes is a corrupt system following his unexpected loss in the GOP Senate run-off in Mississippi. His opponent, incumbent Thad Cochran, was accused, with evidence, of paying black voters to illegally vote in the run-off, as they had already voted in the Democrat primary and had no intention on voting Republican in the general election, and using another sleazy, lie-based tactic.
The Cochran campaign and its supporters stooped to disgusting race-baiting tactics to lure black Democrats to vote, accusing McDaniel of being associated with the KKK and telling them McDaniel would work to bring segregation back to Mississippi.
McDaniel has been fighting the irregularities and corrupt tactics in the election ever since the loss and has refused to concede. Neither the state nor the national GOP would back his investigation or consider its findings. But now, his fight has new and powerful political life breathed into it.
A Mississippi High Court has agreed to hear McDaniels case in the GOP primary dispute. As reported by the AP via the Houston Chronicle.
Attorneys for six-term Sen. Thad Cochran told the Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday that a challenger waited too long to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn Cochran’s victory in the June 24 Republican primary runoff.
However, attorneys for the challenger, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel, argued that current Mississippi law does not specify a deadline for filing a challenge of election results. McDaniel is asking justices to revive lawsuit that was dismissed in late August. The circuit judge who dismissed the suit agreed with Cochran’s attorneys that McDaniel waited too long to file.
Justices spent nearly two hours listening to arguments and asking questions of both sides. They gave no indication of when or how they might rule.
Cochran and McDaniel were not in court Thursday.
If justices side with McDaniel, the lawsuit could go to trial and he could try to prove his claim that the runoff was tainted by irregularities such as people voting in the June 3 Democratic primary and then crossing over to vote in the June 24 Republican runoff. Mississippi does not register voters by party, but it bans people from voting in one party’s primary and the other party’s runoff in the same election cycle.
You can watch the recorded video from Thursday’s Supreme Court hearing:
Latest posts by Editorial Staff (see all)
- Kentucky County’s proposed Intl. Code Ordinance intrusive, tramples property rights - January 11, 2016
- Kentuckians are looking at Matt Bevin for Governor - October 29, 2015
- Planned Parenthood Texas Doc: Harvesting intact fetal heads “will give me something to strive for” - October 27, 2015
- Mississippi Senator McDaniel releases statement on Boehner resignation - September 25, 2015
- Ted Cruz to campaign with Chris McDaniel in Mississippi - August 8, 2015