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emerging that there may be hundreds and perhaps thousands of improperly cast
ballots in the runoff election in Mississippi between incumbent Thad Cochran
and challenger Chris McDaniel.
Jim Hoft reports at Gateway Pundit that in
Hinds County alone 800 ballots have been identified that may have been
improperly cast for Cochran. And he provides the photographic evidence to support
Mississippi law, voters were allowed to vote in either the Democratic primary
or Republican primary on June 3, but voters who participated in the Democratic
primary were disallowed from voting in the June 24 Republican runoff.
who voted in the Democratic primary on June 3 was ineligible to vote for Sen.
Cochran on June 24. Hoft reproduces photographs of the Hinds County Democratic
roll book that clearly shows that some Democratic voters who voted on June 3 in
the Democratic primary also voted on June 24. By law, no such votes should
camp has reason to suspect voter irregularities in at least 10 counties. Some
of this may be malicious, and some of course may be inadvertent. Turnout in the
afternoon and early evening was apparently quite high in some of these
counties, Hinds in particular, and it’s easy to imagine that poll workers may
have gotten careless while trying to manage the crush.
reports that Cochran’s campaign is urging counties to delay certification of
election results until the last possible moment to give McDaniel’s camp as
little time as possible to examine the poll books to determine whether an
official legal challenge is warranted.
Republicans turned out 35,000 Democrat voters to pull the lever for Cochran. If
just 20% of these ballots were improperly cast - not out of the realm of
possibility - then a new election must be called.
year’s mayoral race in Hattiesburg, a new election had to be called due to voter
irregularities similar to what may have occurred here.
because of Hinds County. Because of black voter turnout there, ginned up by
fear-mongering and race-baiting ads and robocalls generated by Haley Barbour’s
Mississippi Conservatives PAC, Cochran won Hinds County by 11,000 votes, well
over his margin of victory of 6,700.
“A group that supported Republican
Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran in his re-election bid against state senator
Chris McDaniel paid a controversial political consultant $44,000 to conduct
political phone calls.
“Henry Barbour, the head of Mississippi
Conservatives PAC and the nephew of former Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour, confirmed
for TheDC that the PAC paid Mitzi Bickers ‘to make paid calls to potential Cochran
robocalls, funded with establishment GOP money, painted fellow Republican
McDaniel and the Tea Party as virtual knuckle-dragging racists and KKKers who
would drag Mississippi back to the dark days of slavery.
declares his innocence in a way that makes him looks negligent and careless at
best, and grossly irresponsible at worst:
Barbour said he was not sure about the
contents of Bickers’ calls but denied that she was involved in those particular
“She and I talked message for calls, but I
never heard them,” Barbour told TheDC.
While Barbour initially told TheDC that he
thought that the robo calls were created by Bickers, he later said that she
told him that she was not.
“Frankly, I thought it sounded like her
voice, but she says not so,” Barbour told TheDC.
anyone who cares about electoral integrity and the sanctity of the democratic
process should call for a thorough and accurate review of the polling books in
question. This election should not be officially certified until it is clear
beyond reasonable suspicion that the people’s choice has been identified.
The truth is
that the GOP establishment has the greatest incentive here to see that the
primary results are validated in the eyes of everyone. Their actions have
generated a massive amount of ill will among grassroots conservatives, and if
GOP poobahs want to disperse that cloud of anger and disgust, the time to begin
is now with a thorough and transparent review that persuades all reasonable
citizens that the will of the people has been done.
(Unless otherwise noted, the opinions
expressed are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of the
American Family Association or American Family Radio.)