State Senator Chris McDaniel believes certain members of the Mississippi Republican Party should be removed for using what he calls race bating tactics during the June 24th, G.O.P. runoff.
In a crowded hotel conference room on the outskirts of the Capital City, state Senator Chris McDaniel met with supporters last weekend to discuss his impending legal challenge in last month's Senate Runoff election. He says his campaign has found more than 10,000 voting irregularities.
"The integrity of the election's process, as soon will be made clear on the 24th, was violated, maligned." says McDaniel. "We're going to fix it by exposing it. Every time someone in this state casts an illegal vote they take away your legal vote."
McDaniel has also doubled down on allegations that the Cochran Campaign and its surrogates used unethical, race baiting techniques to get black democrats to vote against him. He says the strategy is despicable and has no place in modern politics.
"Those men and women that would do this in our party, those men and women that condoned this in our party, those men and women that used racist tactics that pushed Democrats into a Republican primary, they should be purged from our party." says McDaniel.
However, officials with the Cochran camp have expressed no remorse for reaching out to all possible voters. Henry Barbour is an ally of Senator Cochran. He and his Political Action Committee Mississippi Conservatives led the outreach program.
“In 2008, when President Obama was elected; Senator Cochran got 766,000 votes.” says Barbour. “A lot of those votes were from African Americans, and we believe he got 20 to 25% of the African American vote then. So then wouldn’t it make sense that Senator Cochran would ask people who have supported him in the past , to support him in the Republican Primary?”
McDaniel’s lawyers say they expect to ask the state G.O.P. for a new election with in the next week. If a new election is not granted, the campaign says they will then take their case to state court.