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McDaniel alleges criminal vote buying scheme in Mississippi

Fraud. Voting irregularities. Illegal ballots. A criminal vote buying scheme. Those are four of the allegations made by Chris McDaniel in the 243 page document he submitted to the executive committee of the MS Republican Party. (Photo source: WLOX) Fraud. Voting irregularities. Illegal ballots. A criminal vote buying scheme. Those are four of the allegations made by Chris McDaniel in the 243 page document he submitted to the executive committee of the MS Republican Party. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

Fraud. Voting irregularities. Illegal ballots. A criminal vote buying scheme

Those are four of the allegations made by Chris McDaniel in the 243 page document he submitted to the executive committee of the Mississippi Republican Party. In that document, McDaniel formally challenges the results of the June 24th runoff. We've read through much of the document. Here's what it claims.

In Chris McDaniel's opinion, the June 24 runoff was "marred by irregularities and fraud." He starts his summary by writing the Mississippi Republican Party erroneously certified Thad Cochran the winner of that election.

He tries proving that by detailing the evidence his team collected since the June 24 runoff. Much of his proof focuses on Democrats who McDaniel argues had no right to vote in a republican runoff.

"Large numbers of Democrats voters were allowed to cast illegal and fraudulent ballots," he writes.

McDaniel notes that based on his research, the runoff results were the product of Democrat and unlawful votes. And he argues they don't reflect the will of the qualified Republican electors of Mississippi.

McDaniel claims Thad Cochran ran radio and internet ads that targeted groups known to be predominantly Democrats. He quotes voters who cast ballots on June 24th. One social media post reportedly said, "McDaniel scared too many people. That's why us democrats voted against him. Now we will vote for [Travis] Childers."

Childers, of course, is the Democratic Party nominee for Senate in the November general election.

His analysis details some of what his supporters found after reviewing ballots in every Mississippi county. He uses words like fraudulent voting, and insecure ballot boxes to describe what his team reportedly discovered.

Hancock County was one of the places where McDaniel team members claim they noticed insecure ballot boxes. His report didn't detail what supporters found in Harrison and Jackson Counties. Those results, he writes, are to be determined.

McDaniel says he has evidence from at least 25 counties where people voted in the democratic primary June 3rd, and the republican runoff June 24th.

"This conduct was illegal," he writes. "It was illegal for the voter; and it was illegal for the election officials to permit the voting and to count the votes."

McDaniel argues these findings make it obvious he should be the republican nominee for U.S. Senate. If the republican executive committee doesn't do that, McDaniel write, "This Committee must void the June 24 runoff election results and hold a special election."

In a Monday news conference announcing the formal challenge, Chris McDaniel's attorney said his camp was aware of more than 15,000 votes that were either crossover votes, irregular votes or absentee ballots improperly cast.

"Chris McDaniel clearly, clearly won the republican vote," attorney Mitch Tyner said. "I say that very assuredly because that's what the mathematics show."

However, in an article posted by ABC News, Mississippi election law expert Matthew Steffey says the McDaniel team is "playing a very weak hand." Steffey is a professor of election law at Mississippi College in Jackson.

View the entire 243 page report from Chris McDaniel here: http://bit.ly/1kEhq34

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