- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 3, 2014

State Sen. Chris McDaniel said Thursday he will be handing out bounties to people who can dig up evidence that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud in his primary race against Sen. Thad Cochran, who was declared the winner.

Mr. McDaniel has yet to concede and said he is establishing an “Election Integrity Challenge and Voter Fraud Reward” that will dole out as many as 15 rewards of $1,000 to people that find proof of wrongdoing.

“The most important issue here is maintaining the integrity of the electoral process here in Mississippi,” Mr. McDaniel said.

Since the June 24 runoff, which Mr. Cochran won after courting black voters toward the tail end of the campaign, the McDaniel camp has raised questions about allegations of vote buying and double voting in the contest.

“These allegations of criminal behavior on behalf of the Cochran are troubling, and any evidence of fraud will be turned over to the authorities to be investigated,” Mr. McDaniel said.

The Cochran campaign has denied any wrongdoing and said that it is time for the McDaniel campaign and its allies to either “put up or shut up.”