Amid the on-going saga after razor-thin results in the primary challenge between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and Tea Party champion state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a request by McDaniel’s campaign to be granted access to ‘un-redacted election records’ from the June 24th GOP primary was rejected by the state’s Supreme Court. You can read the full formal request McDaniel made to the Mississippi court here.
McDaniel’s team reports that they already have enough evidence of voter fraud to overturn the result of the primary. However, they are seeking additional access to the poll records to gain further evidence to bolster their case because after their suit is filed, they are not allowed to present any additional evidence.
Mitch Tyner, lead counsel for the firm representing the McDaniel campaign acknowledged the court’s ruling was a heavy blow, but he maintained confidence that they already have what they need sufficient for a challenge.
“We’re going to put it all together in a complete package,” Tyner detailed. “I was really hoping we’d have it today. Monday, a week ago, I was sure we would. But I wasn’t sure we were going to run into this many problems. We’re going to get that together and at the same time we file a challenge, we’re going to give you a complete copy of it.”
The Washington Post reports that McDaniel plans to make an official challenge by the 28th of July.