Miss. GOP certifies Cochran victory over McDaniel

Associated PressJuly 7, 2014 

— 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 result was wider than the 6,800-vote win counted by The Associated Press after the June election. Tallies usually change as county parties examine provisional ballots and finalize results.

McDaniel, an Ellisville state senator, has said he would challenge the results. But McDaniel attorney Mitch Tyner says it could be days before the campaign is ready to move ahead.

Tyner says campaign workers must finish investigating how many voters cast ballots in both the Democratic primary and the GOP runoff, violating state law. He says they’ve also begun looking for improperly cast absentee ballots.

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