LAUREL, Miss. – Supporters of Republican Chris McDaniel are going over precinct election books in Hinds County to determine if any democratic primary voters crossed over and voted in this week’s Republican runoff. That type of cross over voting is not allowed in Mississippi.
But apparently, those supporters were finding it challenging to do their inspections. McDaniel issued a statement Thursday afternoon calling on Mississippi GOP chairman Joe Nosef to tell circuit clerks to cooperate. “Circuit clerks should be instructed to be as helpful as possible to our volunteers as they check the poll books,” he said. “We want to be clear: this is being done to maintain the integrity of the election process and that a fair and honest election was held on behalf of all Mississippians.”
If McDaniel finds any irregularities, he could challenge his close loss to incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.
Nosef said earlier that he would welcome any challenge from McDaniel. “As much time and effort and money and energy as he and Senator (Thad) Cochran both put into it, I think if they feel like it was something wrong with the process, then they need to challenge it.”