McDaniel Encouraged to Expedite Runoff Challenge

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Nosef urges McDaniel to speed election challenge.

Sen. Chris McDaniel

Jackson, Miss. Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef wants Chris McDaniel to hurry up and challenge the June 24 runoff results if McDaniel intends to do so.

The state party certified that McDaniel lost to incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran by almost 7,700 votes. McDaniel says he's trying to prove enough improper votes were cast that a judge will void the runoff and order a new one.

On July 16, McDaniel lawyer Mitch Tyner said the campaign would likely file within 10 days.

McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch now says McDaniel might file sometime next week. Fritsch says McDaniel is seeking access to election records in local courts and isn't ready.

There's no deadline to challenge in Mississippi, but state law urges judges to decide primary challenges before general election ballots are printed.


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