In his continued attempt to make the Mississippi Republican Senate primary the most drawn out election of all time, Chris McDaniel finally filed a formal legal challenge with Jones County against the results of the June 24 run-off. Thursday was the last day to file the challenge.
“Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24, so we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process,” McDaniel said in a statement on his website. “This challenge is not about the candidates. It is about the integrity of Mississippi’s election process, and we are committed to ensuring that process is accurate and fair for future Republican candidates.”
According to the Associated Press, McDaniel asked a judge to either "declare him winner or order new runoff against Sen. Thad Cochran." Next, a state Supreme Court justice will appoint a judge from outside the county McDaniel filed the appeal, and it will be up to that lucky individual to decide how much all of the "irregularities" matter, according to the Clarion-Ledger.
After losing a run-off election against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in June, McDaniel has continually called into question the validity of the vote, and argued that black Democrats had decided the Republican primary. After months of press conferences discussing several irregular and crossover votes, he filed a challenge with the Mississippi Republican Party earlier this month. Three days later the party said they wouldn't have time to reach a decision, and the campaign would have to seek a judicial review.
And that leads us to the present, seven weeks later, wondering when this will all be over.
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