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Updated: 8/04/2014 3:29 pm
JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Republican Chris McDaniel will file a challenge with the state's Republican party over the June 24th runoff results.

In a 2:30 p.m. news conference Monday, McDaniel made the formal announcement about his challenge with the Mississippi Republican Party Executive Committee.

Last week, McDaniel's campaign said the Mississippi Republican Party could not recognize Thad Cochran as the party's nominee.

McDaniel says Cochran lost Republican votes and made up for them with Democrat votes, which he says is against the rules of the Republican National Committee.

McDaniel's lead attorney, Mitch Tyner, says his campaign has found approximately 9,400 questionable votes in the election. He also says campaign data shows McDaniel winning the race by 25,000 votes.

In response, Thad Cochran's campaign attorney, Mark Garriga, issued the following statement:

"The filing of this challenge marks the point where this matter moves from an arena of press conferences and rhetoric into a setting where nothing matters but admissible evidence and the rule of law. We look forward to holding the McDaniel campaign to the burden of proof that the law requires – and, we are dedicated to the defense of the votes of those Mississippians who voted on June 24 for Thad Cochran as their United States Senator, an election which has been as thoroughly reviewed and examined as any in modern Mississippi history."
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