Mitch Tyner, lawyer for the Chris McDaniel campaign, held a press conference Monday afternoon at the Hinds County Court House. Tyner again discussed a legal challenge by the McDaniel campaign based on what he called “ineligible voters” in the June 24 runoff between McDaniel and Sen. Cochran. The Jackson lawyer also charged that absentee ballots represented the greatest opportunity for voter fraud.
Several news reports noted that Tyner was a former candidate for the Republican nomination for governor. What they didn’t mention is that Tyner ran against Haley Barbour in the 2003 GOP primary. He can’t claim that was a close election that involved voter fraud. Barbour defeated Tyner 83.2% to 16.7%, a margin gave new meaning to the term landslide. About the same time Tyner was having his press conference, the Mississippi Republican Party State Executive Committee submitted certified results to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann showing Cochran had increased his lead over McDaniel by almost 1,000 votes.