There are three odd additions to today's Republican primary in Mississippi: black Democrats, Tea Party poll watchers and NAACP monitors to watch the poll watchers.
After incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran reached out to black voters ahead of his run off primary against Chris McDaniel, a coalition of conservative groups launched a "voter integrity project" to monitor the polls. For some this inspires parallels to voter intimidation efforts, and in response the Mississippi NAACP said it would send member to monitor the polls for intimidation, according to USA Today. "We'll be on the lookout," Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi branch, said during a conference call. "Only poll workers have the right to question a voter, and questions from anyone else will be seen as a form of voter intimidation."
Mississippi's Attorney General and Secretary of State offices released an advisory for all the poll watchers, noting that the only people legally allowed to be within 30 feet of a polling place are voters, poll workers, and "one pollwatcher appointed, in writing, by each candidate whose name appears on the ballot ... There is no authority in state law for a PAC or other outside group to place 'election observers' in Mississippi polling places."