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Chris McDaniel, who is trying to unseat incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in a primary runoff election, speaks with supporters during a campaign rally in Madison, Miss., June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman) Chris McDaniel, who is trying to unseat incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in a primary runoff election, speaks with supporters during a campaign rally in Madison, Miss., June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman)  

Could Poll Watchers Stop Chris McDaniel From Voting For Himself?

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There’s an interesting wrinkle in today’s Mississippi run-off. Fearing that Sen. Thad Cochan would bring in Democrats to vote for him, a conservative outside group supporting conservative Chris McDaniel has pledged to deploy poll watchers in Mississippi.

But ironically, one of the very provisions McDaniel’s supporters are citing — which would disqualify Democrats from meddling in today’s run-off — might also technically disqualify McDaniel from voting for himself.

Exhibit A: From a campaign stop last night, WTOK reports:

Cochran has said in the past that he would support McDaniel, should McDaniel win the nomination on Tuesday. McDaniel was asked if he would support Cochran, if the incumbent wins.

“I’ll have to think about it, depending on what happens that evening. I’ll let you know that evening,” says McDaniel.

Exhibit B: From Breitbart:

…MS Code 23-15-575, states: “No person shall be eligible to participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in which he participates.”

Based on these two things, it sounds like a Cochran poll watcher would have cause to challenge McDaniel’s vote.