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McDaniel camp says RNC rule disqualifies Cochran

Chris McDaniel. (Image source: WLOX News.) Chris McDaniel. (Image source: WLOX News.)
SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) -

Chris McDaniel's campaign has announced it will hold a press conference Monday. They plan to announce what they call a "major development regarding the results of the June 24, runoff."

A release from McDaniel's legal team suggests that a portion of that announcement may pertain to a Republican National Committee rule they discovered.

McDaniel's campaign claims that rule would prevent the Republican National Committee from recognizing Sen. Thad Cochran as a nominee, because he reached out to voters who are typically Democrats to vote in the Senate Republican primary runoff.

However, after a plain language read of the rule sent to WLOX by the McDaniel camp, it appears the rule would only disqualify a candidate if the state or state party has a law that allows people to vote in both the Republican and Democratic primary in the same election.

Here is a copy of the rule sent to WLOX News by the McDaniel camp:

Rule 11(b) states:

"No state Republican Party rule or state law shall be observed that allows persons who have participated or are participating in the selection of any nominee of a party other than the Republican Party, including, but not limited to, through the use of a multiparty primary or similar type ballot, to participate in the selection of a nominee of the Republican Party for that general election. No person nominated in violation of this rule shall be recognized by the Republican National Committee as the nominee of the Republican Party from that state."

That's not the case in Mississippi, where once you've voted in one party's primary election, you are ineligible to vote in any other party's primary or subsequent run off races in that same election.

We will be covering Chris McDaniel's campaign press conference on Monday. Look our for the latest on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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