JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - State Sen. Chris McDaniel's campaign has now targeted Jackson County to find evidence of voting irregularities from the U.S. Senate Republican primary runoff race he lost. On Tuesday, a judge ordered the Jackson County Circuit Clerk's Office to hand over election poll books to McDaniel's campaign workers for examination.
McDaniel's and Thad Cochran's campaign workers were sitting side-by-side as they examined election data.
"They are going through the affidavit ballots, and they plan on moving to the poll books. They have already been through all the ballot boxes, and they have been through the absentees," Jackson County Circuit Clerk Joe Martin said.
Six term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won the June primary runoff election by more than 7,600 votes, but McDaniel has still not conceded. His local team members said illegal crossover voting is one reason why the fight continues across the state.
"That means people that have voted in the democratic primary and crossed over in the June runoff in the primary in the Republican Party. It is against the law to do that number one, and that is what we are doing. We are following the law," McDaniel volunteer Bea Harrison said.
Martin said his election team has nothing to hide, and he seriously doubts any major problems will be found with the voting data.
"There is a possibility in Jackson County of about 24 irregularities, possibly. We gave both sides the things that we have found," said Martin.
Cochran's team members agree and are not happy about the reviewing process.
"Unlike the McDaniel campaign, we believe the local elected officials are capable of conducting free and fair elections. The reviews across the state consistently show the same thing and the result of the election is clear. Sen. Cochran won the election fair and square," Cochran's campaign team member Jordan Russell said.
Supporters of McDaniel disagree and plan to continue reviewing just how fair the election was.
"If there is nothing to be found, that is what we want to find. If there is something to be found, we want to find that and right whatever wrong that may be," said Harrison.
Jackson County poll books will be available to both parties for 12 days.