Evidence Issues in McDaniel's Primary Challenge

By: Candace Barnette Email
By: Candace Barnette Email

This Senate race continues to take new twists and turns. Chris McDaniel has officially challenged the primary runoff results. But some of the evidence he's using is now being recanted. Rep. Greg Snowden is on the committee that will be deciding whether or not the election results should be upheld. He says this might be more than they are prepared to handle.

"It's just so voluminous and so many different allegations that it's just different for a committee of 50-something people to wade through that and to come up with a fair result to either candidate," Rep. Snowden says. "My inclination would be that a court would have to ultimately decide in any event."

Snowden says the court is better equipped to handle such a case, with tons of evidence from Facebook posts to news articles to audio files.

This is the binder that committee will search through in making their decision - hundreds of pages of evidence, including the original testimony by Stevie Fielder with accusations against the Cochran Committee, which he has now recanted, saying it was the McDaniel campaign that paid him to make those allegations.

Now, Attorney General Jim Hood says that Fielder had told state investigators he was paid $2,000 by a member of the McDaniel campaign to say someone from the Cochran campaign asked him to buy votes. Hood spokeswoman Jan Schaefer confirmed that Fielder told investigators Noel Fritsch was the one who paid him for that interview. Rep. Snowden says he isn't sure how this new information will impact the case.

"I really have some questions as to how it's going to happen," he says. "It seems almost that it would just have to go to court because courts are set up to make these kinds of decisions."

Fritsch released a statement via email that says: "Charles Johnson paid for the texts & emails Cochran/Wicker staffer Saleem Baird sent that prove Cochran bought Democrat votes."

Chris McDaniel has only 10 days after his challenge to decide whether to take the issue to court.


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