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Mississippi Senator Chris McDaniel speaks during a town hall meeting in Ocean Springs, Mississippi March 18, 2014. The stars appear to have aligned for McDaniel, a state senator who is waging a primary battle against Thad Cochran, who is seeking his seven
Voting might have ended eight days ago in the Mississippi GOP Senate primary, but the contest between tea party challenger Chris McDaniel and incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran isn't over.

McDaniel is flatly accusing Cochran of having stolen the election—"My opponent stole last week’s runoff election," he says in a new fundraising email—and is still working to overturn the results of the election. McDaniel's big problem: He doesn't have a compelling legal theory for why the results should be overturned or why Cochran should be disqualified.

The latest attempt by McDaniel allies to establish just such a theory is to claim that Cochran illegally bought votes, an accusation Cochran's campaign denies:

Blogger Charles C. Johnson of is reporting that Stevie Fielder says the Cochran campaign told him to offer black voters in the Meridian area $15 each to vote for Cochran in the June 24 GOP primary runoff against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

Cochran campaign spokesman Jordan Russell called the accusations of illegal vote buying "baseless and false."

Johnson's report includes text messages allegedly exchanged between Fielder and the campaign concerning envelopes filled with cash for pro-Cochran GOTV efforts. Russell, the Cochran spokesman, says that Fielder was paid $300 by the Cochran campaign, and acknowledged that the campaign does pay field "volunteers" with cash stuffed in envelopes, but said it was for voter contact, not vote buying. Russell also disputed Johnson's report by noting that Johnson had paid Fielder for his story.

According to Dave Weigel, conservatives are warming to the idea of a serious McDaniel challenge to the results—he reports FreedomWorks has declared the election to be "a federal crime." But hot air and fundraising pitches are just hot air, and the key question remains: What is Chris McDaniel going to do about his claim that the election was stolen, aside from using it to raise money from suckers?

1:29 PM PT: Meanwhile, the Cochran campaign holds a press conference, it devolves into this:

Cochran campaign conf call turning into a mess. Questioner: "If black people were harvesting cotton, why is it OK to harvest their votes?"
And if that wasn't enough, apparently the Cochran people suggested that it was Obama who was behind that question. Yikes.

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