Barbour, an RNC committeeman for Mississippi, did agree that there were likely some illegitimate crossover votes that contributed to Cochran’s win, but he estimated the number at closer to 1,000 and said McDaniel’s evidence was “pretty thin.”
“He says he’s gathered a bunch of evidence, best I can tell it’s mighty thin,” he said. “Clearly there were some number, I’d say probably between 500 and 1,000 people, who had voted in the Democrat primary who appear to have voted in the Republican runoff who were not eligible to vote. We don’t have any disagreement on those.
“The rest of his stuff all seems pretty sketchy to me. When he starts talking about Facebook posts and polling numbers and that he just wants the party to name him the nominee, that seems a stretch.”