Chris McDaniel has yet to concede the election. That's despite the fact that Thad Cochran had a 7,667 vote victory based on certified results.
"I'm not a sore loser. What I am is a person who wants to see the process saved," McDaniel explained. "It takes time to investigate corruption. We're not going anywhere until we figure out where it happened and root it out once and for all.
McDaniel couldn't give updated numbers of irregular votes his team has found. He said their review has been delayed in some counties. If it weren't for that, a challenge may have already been filed at this point. His mission statement has shifted some.
"If I can stand in this fight and I can clean up the elections process," he said. "If I can clean up the party process, it's worth it to me. And it should be worth it to others.
The longer talk of a challenge drags on, the more questions there are about McDaniel's future.
"People tell me that this will end my political career and if that's the case, so be it," McDaniel admitted.
He's not the only one questioning the process. Texas group, True the Vote sued the Secretary of State, nine county election commissions and the state Republican Party. It argues federal law requires authorities to release voter rolls and poll books without erasing personal information. The GOP Chairman fired back Thursday.
"This litigation doesn't have anything to do with us," said chairman Joe Nosef. "And it never has. It's done I guess they're including us because they think it makes better headlines.
Political author and analyst Andy Taggart says the last two weeks are the strangest he's seen.
"Mississippians who are generally a patient and forgiving people do run out of patience at some point," described Taggart. "And particularly where it becomes quite clear that one candidate has won and one has lost."
McDaniel says he'll keep looking for the problems. If he doesn't find them, he says he'll move on. According to him, a challenge could come as early as 3 to 5 days from now.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-09-16 18:04:16 GMT
Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing says his office is working a death pending case, involving two bodies found Monday afternoon.Family members went by to check on a mother and son and found both of themMore >>
Family members went by to check on Frances Copsy and her son, Ronald Whittington, and found both of them dead.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:24 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:24:15 GMT
We're trying to get more information now on a body found in Jackson this morning. We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North, near Beasley Road andMore >>
We have few details available, but JPD confirms a man was found dead around 5 am at I-55 North and Beasley Road.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:39:00 GMT
MDOT is reporting a large accident at I-55 N before MS 463 in Madison. Skycopter traffic reports that the incident could be 2 separate accidents involving up to 9 cars. All lanes are blocked and theMore >>
All lanes are back open and traffic is flowing smoothly.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 2:18 AM EDT2014-09-16 06:18:35 GMT
We're in the beginning of Fall Harvest season and some Holmes County farmers are already experiencing set backs. A number of thefts targeting farmers have been reported in Holmes County. Sheriff WillieMore >>
Sheriff Willie March says his department has received four reports of stolen farm equipment. Some of the stolen tractors are valued at up to $55,000 dollars.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-09-16 16:23:56 GMT
Fire fighters are on the scene of a massive house fire burning in West Jackson. It started before 4:00am on Patann Street near Boling Street. That's near Medgar Evers Blvd. Flames have completely engulfedMore >>
Flames completely engulfed the home. It's not clear what sparked the flames, but the house was vacant at the time of the fire so there were no injuries.
Tuesday, September 16 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-09-16 14:11:21 GMT
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety. Hannah Elizabeth Graham sent her friends a text message around 1:20 a.m. on Saturday,More >>
An 18-year-old University of Virginia student has been missing since Saturday and police are concerned about her safety.More >>
Tuesday, September 16 2014 1:42 AM EDT2014-09-16 05:42:19 GMT
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there. "It's justMore >>
Relief is on the way for motorists in Brandon who travel through the Highway 80 and Interstate 20 intersection. Planned construction will improve a high accident area at the on ramp there.More >>
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