There’s an interesting development in Tea Party loser and Confederate apologist Chris McDaniel’s temper tantrum over his loss to admitted animal abuser Thad Cochran. The GOP Mississippi Senate race was a cavalcade of crazy. One candidate says he “did all kinds of indecent things with animals” as a kid, and the other wants to purge the GOP of anyone who calls others racists.
In the end, the animal abuser won–by 7,667 votes–and the candidate who doesn’t want people throwing around the “R-word?” Well, he blamed the blacks for his loss–or, as he called them, “Democrats.” Chris McDaniel not only paid a pastor to accuse the Cochran campaign of buying black votes, but just flat-out blamed black people for his loss himself.
“Fraudulent voting, insecure ballot boxes and election records and other violations … contaminate the entire runoff election,” is the ominous warning of the McDaniel campaign.
Chris McDaniel was prepared for a legal battle and a delusional dream that, because of black people’s votes skewing the numbers, he actually won by 25,000 votes. In one precinct alone, he said there were 192 illegal Democratic votes. However, there were only 37 Democratic votes total–but despite his obviously flawed math, he is just going with 25,000.
The Mississippi GOP refused to hear McDaniel’s ridiculous challenge, but this is Chris McDaniel we’re talking about–the guy who won’t even let losing an election stop him from winning an election. McDaniel is now taking the matter to court!
McDaniel is leading with a list of Cochran voters whose ballots were illegally or improperly cast in the runoff. Many of the names are people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary–though Mississippi state law does not prohibit either party from voting in the opposing party’s primaries.
Two of the names McDaniel highlighted are familiar: his own lawyer, Mitchell H. “Mitch” Tyner Sr. and his wife Sloane. A McDaniel volunteer flagged their names as “CROSSOVER/IRREGULAR VOTING” in one of the affidavits to be filed Wednesday.
In addition to his own lawyer, who voted for his opponent (That’s just fun to repeat!), McDaniel has listed Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell, both of whom refute Cochran’s claim that their votes were improper.
McDaniel alleges thousands of illegal or “irregular” votes, including 3,500 “crossovers” who voted in both the Democratic primary on June 3 and the Republican runoff on June 24, 2,275 improper absentee ballots, and over 9,500 “irregular” votes.
Cochran campaign advisor Austin Barbour said that the listing of McDaniel’s own lawyer and his wife “is another example of how absurd their claims are.”