Matt Vespa

With Mississippi in turmoil over allegations of voter fraud after the Republican runoff, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said yesterday that an investigation should happen (via Politico):

The Texas Republican on Monday evening called the runoff contest “appalling” and said that allegations of voter fraud need to be investigated.

We’ve seen serious allegations of voter fraud,” Cruz said on “The Mark Levin Show.” “And I very much hope that no Republican was involved in voter fraud. But these allegations need to be vigorously investigated and anyone involved in criminal conduct should be prosecuted.”

Earlier in the program, Cruz criticized the Washington establishment for its meddling in the runoff: “What happened in Mississippi was appalling. Primaries are always rough and tumble, but the conduct of the Washington, D.C., machine in the Mississippi runoff was incredibly disappointing.”

The Mississippi Republican Party on Monday evening officially certified the incumbent Cochran as the winner of the June 24 runoff election by more than 7,667 votes. McDaniel, a tea party favorite who has attacked Cochran from the right in the contentious primary battle, vowed to challenge the results.

But, for now, Sen. Thad Cochran is in Washington D.C., where he apparently got lost on his way to lunch earlier this afternoon. According to the Hill, Sen. Cochran was speaking with them, when he got off the elevator on the wrong floor. He re-boarded and got off on the right floor, but turned away from the direction of the Republican lunch and stumbled into the Democratic one. He had a few words with Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor and didn’t seem to realize that he was in the wrong room until he was asked if he planned to eat with the Democrats.

For years, the GOP luncheon has been held in the same room, according to the Hill.


Matt Vespa

Matt Vespa is the Web Editor and Community Manager at Townhall.com. He previously worked for CNS News and was the recipient of Americans for Prosperity Foundation's 2013 Andrew Breitbart Award for Excellence in Online Activism and Investigative Reporting.