Thad Cochran, Republican Senator, won the vote against Chris McDaniel, tea party challenger, in Mississippi in June but now McDaniel claims that voter fraud led to this result. He went on to call the election “a sham” and brought in “thousands of irregularities in the voting process.”
Chris McDaniel declared:
“Thanks to illegal voting from liberal Democrats, my opponent stole last week’s runoff election, but I’m not going down without a fight.”
The dispute will most likely divide the current Mississippi GOP since tea party activists are not seeing eye-to-eye with Republicans. Cochran is currently the favorite to win the November elections against Travis Childers, the Democratic nominee.
According to Democrats, the race can become competitive in the event that the McDaniel supporters do not support the incumbent.
Cochran won the vote due to an appeal towards Democrats as they are allowed to vote int he Republican primaries. Out of the different claims that were made by McDaniel supporters, many Democratic votes were illegitimate because they will not vote in November for the winner. There is a bar of votes that support the primary candidates that the voter does not intend to support in the following elections.
The strongest and most bothersome allegation comes as Chuck C. Johnson, pro-McDaniel blogger, highlighted that the Cochran campaign was paying black voters for support. The source of the claim is an interview that was done with minister Steve Fielder, who declared that he was promised the amount of $16,000 in order to offer black voter support and give each voter $15.