Supreme Court issues decision in McDaniel versus Cochran - - Jackson, MS

Supreme Court issues decision in McDaniel versus Cochran

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -  The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld Special Judge Hollis McGehee's decision dismissing Chris McDaniel's challenge to the June 24 runoff election for U.S. Senate. McDaniel lost that election to Senator Thad Cochran by more than seven thousand votes.

The court affirmed the decision on a 4-2 vote. with three justices not participating. You can read the entire decision here.

Chief Justice Waller and justices King,  and Kitchens concur with the decision,  Justice Randolph concurs with the result only and has written a separate opinion.

Justice Coleman dissented and has also written a separate opinion, joined by Justice Lamar. Justices Dickinson, Chandler and Pierce did not participate.

McDaniel challenged his 7,000+ vote loss to Senator Thad Cochran in a June 24 Republican runoff because of voting irregularities, but Judge McGehee ruled he didn't not file his challenge in the 20 days allowed under state law.

In filing the appeal, McDaniel's attorneys alleged that Judge Hollis erred in his interpretation of the law.

Chris McDaniel issued the following statement about the supreme court ruling:

"Republicans in Mississippi are still left wanting for justice after June's Republican primary was decided by more than 40,000 Democrats," McDaniel said. "Worse yet, the courts refused even to hear our challenge," he continued.

"When we launched this campaign over a year ago, we committed to fight to the very end, and many conservatives showed a great deal of courage in standing up with us," said McDaniel. "And the fight to save our republic is only just beginning."

"But now it is time to turn the page and work to enact true conservative change in Mississippi and in Washington, D.C.," McDaniel continued. "It is my hope that conservatives in Mississippi will view this decision as a motivating factor to get involved in Republican politics so we can change our state for the better for future generations."

"In the coming days, I'll be asking conservatives to join us as we continue our fight for principled leadership," concluded McDaniel

The Butler Snow Law Firm, which represents Senator Cochran, released the following statement:

"Today's ruling by Mississippi's highest court brings an end to the challenge of the primary runoff election and reconfirms the voters' choice of Thad Cochran as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate. As we have said from the beginning, regardless of the timeliness of the challenge, the facts continue to show this has always been a baseless challenge, and the will of the voters has now been validated by the Mississippi Supreme Court." 

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