JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A tea party-backed candidate has asked a Mississippi court to declare him the winner of the June 24 Republican runoff against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran or order a new election.
State Sen. Chris McDaniel sued Thursday in state court in his own home of Jones County.
The Mississippi Supreme Court will appoint a special judge to handle the case.
Certified results of the June 24 runoff show Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes.
McDaniel says his campaign found thousands of irregularities, including about 3,500 people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and June 24 runoff. Mississippi voters don't register by party, but such crossover voting is prohibited.
McDaniel has criticized Cochran for reaching out to black voters who traditionally support Democrats.