Texas Senator, Tea Party Groups Want Probe Of Miss. Runoff

WASHINGTON (July 8, 2014) U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, tea party groups and losing challenger Chris McDaniel all are calling for an investigation of the June 24 GOP Senate primary runoff in Mississippi that incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran won, although so far no evidence has been presented of alleged voter fraud in the bitter race.

On Monday the state Republican Party certified Cochran as the winner of the runoff, but day-after denunciations of the 76-year-old lawmaker were particularly vituperative by one critic, the Tea Party Leadership Fund, which referred to him as scum.

A tea party favorite known for his clashes with the GOP establishment, Cruz says allies of Cochran ran racially offensive ads aimed at persuading black voters to cast ballots in the Republican primary.

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