Senator Thad Cochran's campaign is coming out swinging and fighting back against Tea Party-backed challenger, Chris McDaniel. Cochran beat McDaniel in last month's Mississippi Republican primary runoff, but McDaniel is refusing to accept defeat.
McDaniel's camp claims voter fraud helped the incumbent win the runoff and says they've found thousands of voting irregularities throughout the state. Speaking in Jackson, Mississippi, Cochran's campaign spokesman, Austin Barbour, called the accusations baseless and an insult to voters. Barbour says, "We're moving forward in this general election. Senator Cochran and the campaign are focused on running a hard fought, successful general election campaign so that Thad Cochran can win in November."
Barbour also says, "It's insulting to the hundreds of thousands of voters in Mississippi for them to say this election is a sham or this election was stolen because they know better than that. I think the poll workers who put on this election did a fantastic job. You will have an error now and then. There's no question about that, but for McDaniel campaign to keep feeding their bait, keep feeding this story, keep it alive, I think it’s absurd with the numbers that they put out."
The McDaniel campaign has sent representatives to most of Mississippi's 82 counties to try to examine poll books and look for possible mistakes. No word yet if Cochran's camp plans to seek legal action.