Mississippi Republican Party certifies Cochran win in Senate runoff; rival considers challenge

Emily Wagster Pettus And Jeff Amy / The Associated Press
July 7, 2014 05:10 PM

JACKSON, Miss. - The Mississippi Republican Party says U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won the state's Republican primary runoff over challenger Chris McDaniel by 7,667 votes.

The party sent results to the Secretary of State on Monday, the legal deadline.

The Republican Party's numbers showed Cochran winning by more than the 6,800 votes counted by The Associated Press after the June election. Tallies change as county parties examine provisional ballots and finalize results.

McDaniel, a state senator who is supported by the ultraconservative tea party movement, has said he would challenge the results. But his attorney Mitch Tyner says it could be days before that happens.

Tyner says the campaign must first finish its investigation into how many people might have voted improperly in the Republican primary runoff.


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