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Chris McDaniel now offering $1,000 reward for proof of voter fraud — and asking for $15 donations to fund it

Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel is stepping up his efforts to overturn his narrow defeat against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in last week's Republican primary runoff. His latest move: Offering a $1,000 reward to people who can provide evidence of voter fraud in the election — but first, he's asking his supporters to send in $15 donations to help fund the project.

"To fight the alleged corruption, we need your help," says the McDaniel campaign's official announcement page. "Just $15 will help us begin to eradicate corruption in Mississippi. $15 represents the first steps in helping Chris clean up this mess."

The campaign's message concludes:

If you have evidence that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud on or leading up to the June 24, 2014, Republican primary runoff election in Mississippi, please email it to reward@mcdaniel2014.com or call 601-624-7748 and leave your contact information and someone will follow up with you.

The $15 number is based on an allegation that McDaniel and his supporters have dug up, accusing the Cochran campaign of paying for votes in the primary. Cochran won the runoff with 51 percent, due to an unorthodox strategy of reaching out to the state's black community, which is typically heavily Democratic, to cross over into the Republican primary in order to defeat the Tea Party-backed McDaniel.