Posted July 5, 2014 5:00 AM ET; Last updated July 7, 2014 11:04 PM ET
Cochran and McDaniel first squared off on June 10. McDaniel came out on top but neither won at least 50 per cent of the vote. The runoff two weeks later was supposed to settle the matter.
But complaints of fraud circulated throughout the state even before polls closed. They centered mostly on a seven-figure super PAC set up to benefit him, which paid for advertisements encouraging Democrats in majority-black counties to 'cross over' and vote in the Republican runoff.
The strategy is legal, but Democrats can only participate in another party's primary process if they haven't already voted in their own.
Mississippi law provides for 'automatically a new election,' Tyner said Monday, if the number of 'ineligible voters' exceeds the margin of victory.
That law, an election adviser in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, told MailOnline, wouldn't require McDaniel to find 6,700 fraudulent votes cast for his opponent. Any 6,700 ineligible votes would suffice.
Mississippi GOP primary repeat could be headed for THREE-PEAT as lawyer says he'll be 'surprised' if he doesn't find enough fraud to trigger yet ANOTHER election
Tea party Republican Chris McDaniel's campaign lawyer said Monday that he expects to find enough voter fraud to force a third Senate primary contest with aging centrist Thad Cochran
Cochran won a runoff by about 6,700 votes, but McDaniel's attorney says campaign lawyers will almost certainly show at least that many 'ineligible voters' cast ballots
Mississippi law would require a new election – after a primary fight and a runoff – between the two Republicans
McDaniel's campaign is examining absentee ballot applications in every county to identify Democrats who illegally 'crossed over' to participate in the GOP primary after voting in the Democratic primary
By DAVID MARTOSKO, U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR
Daily Mail (UK)
PUBLISHED: 18:19 EST, 7 July 2014 | UPDATED: 18:48 EST, 7 July 2014
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