In Mississippi, The GOP’s Not-So-Civil War Continues

It’s been 13 days since Sen. Thad Cochran, by most accounts, won Mississippi’s Republican primary over Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, with African-American Democrats largely providing the 6,800-vote margin of victory out of some 375,000 votes cast.

But as of Monday, McDaniel still hadn’t conceded, and your guess is as good as anyone’s as to when — or even if — he ever will.

Instead, a lawyer for the McDaniel campaign said the state senator and former radio host would continue his challenge based on claims that many who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary had also voted in the Republican primary. State law makes that illegal.

From what Mitch Tyner, McDaniel’s lawyer, said, it could be weeks before the process plays out, as far as his side is concerned.

“As we’ve gone through this process, we’re surprised at the amount of evidence that continues to come forward that shows us that there has indeed been election fraud in this case,” Tyner told reporters Monday afternoon outside outside the Hinds County courthouse. “And we do not want to see any election decided by ineligible voters.”

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7/7/14