Members of McDaniel's campaign staff and some supporters began sorting through voter books on Thursday morning at the Hinds County courthouse.The Hinds County courthouse is the same place McDaniel supporters found themselves accidentally locked in overnight after the primary, so they're pretty familiar with the place.
They are looking for any "irregularities".
As for the "irregularities" search, it's a Hail Mary. The poll workers already had lists of who had already voted for a Democratic nominee when they marked people off to vote in the runoff; a memo to poll workers on voting day again emphasized that voters would not be allowed to vote in both. McDaniel's team can only hope that a whole lot of poll workers were unclear on the concept, and that seems thin hope indeed.
But it's already clear that no matter what they find, or don't, this loss will be embedded in the tea party psyche as the result of voter fraud, defined however they need to define it. Soon we'll hear that it's all ACORN's fault.
1:40 PM PT: Now he's asking the Mississippi Republican Party chairman to "instruct" county clerks to turn over their polling books to McDaniel. What power McDaniel supposes the state GOP chair to have over Mississippi election officials is, alas, unclear.