Tea Party loser in Mississippi GOP primary claims he actually won by 25,000 votes

Tea Party loser in Mississippi GOP primary claims he actually won by 25,000 votes
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Failed Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel confirmed Monday that he would challenge the results of June's runoff Republican primary in which he lost to incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran. And rather than call for a new election to address allegations of voter fraud, the state senator said he was instead asking the state GOP to simply declare him the winner.

McDaniel, who placed first in the initial round of voting but failed to win outright, has claimed since his defeat that the Cochran camp abetted election fraud and engaged in race baiting by urging black Democrats to back the senator. A fundraising pitch on McDaniel's website accuses Cochran and Democrats of rigging a "stolen election."

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