Chris McDaniel's lawyer has joined the ranks of the tens of thousands of voters whose irregular votes are standing in the way of McDaniel's path to Washington.
As The Clarion-Ledger noted Tuesday, the McDaniel campaign sent another batch of illegal, crossover and otherwise irregular votes to Sen. Cochran's campaign, and buried on page 17 of the affidavit, Tyner and his wife Sloane are listed as "voted written in margin and on June 24."
(The affidavit was sent on Tyner's letterhead.) According to the campaign, potential crossover votes like Tyner's imply that an individual voted in the June 3 Democratic primary, then crossed over to the Republican run-off to vote for Cochran. Those votes aren't allowed, and McDaniel argues there's enough of them to prove that he beat Sen. Cochran's 7,667 vote margin. Last week, when McDaniel finally announced that he was challenging the election results, Tyner said that there were "over 15,000 votes that were cast and should not have been." Overall, he said that McDaniel should be declared the winner by 25,000 votes.
The Cochran campaign has argued that several of the "irregular" votes submitted by the McDaniel campaign are just the normal human errors that occur during an election. This would seem to support that theory, but in a statement released Tuesday the McDaniel campaign argued that this just proves that all the votes in the county are questionable (emphasis added):
At some point, a Madison poll worker crossed out nearly every voter's name and indicated that they'd not voted on June 3 but did vote on June 24. This shows that the book was not switched. The fact that even the Republican votes were crossed out is further evidence the county did not properly institute the "swapping of the books" to obviate crossover voting, casting the entire precinct into doubt. The entire Madison precinct is in question, and our volunteers reported the data without filtering it so it can be properly examined in the appropriate venue.
Sen. Cochran won 64.3 percent of the vote in Madison (which is mostly — 57.8 percent — white).
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