A recent study found that Mississippi is the most corrupt state in the union. Now revelations about voting irregularities in the state’s June 24 GOP primary runoff have many critics wondering if Senator Thad Cochran’s narrow victory in it isn’t just the latest chapter in that corruption.
Facing Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel, Cochran prevailed in the Tuesday, June 24 contest by a 1.9 percent margin that amounted to just 6,700 votes. But the senator received up to five times that many votes — perhaps 35,000 — from Democrats who crossed the aisle to cast ballots in the Republican primary. This in and of itself isn’t illegal in Mississippi, but doing so after also having voted in the June 3 Democratic primary is. And evidence of this is precisely what McDaniel’s supporters now claim to have found — hundreds of instances in one county alone.
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