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McDaniel Defends Against Voter Fraud Allegations Over His Residence

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann is accusing his Republican primary opponent, Mississippi Sen. Chris McDaniel, of committing voter fraud after a Substack report questioned whether the four-term state senator lives at the Jones County residence where he is registered to vote.

McDaniel, who is challenging the lieutenant governor for his job in the Aug. 8 primaries, insisted in a statement today that “Ellisville is currently and will always be my family’s home,” referring to his house on South Court Street. He said his family does stay at least part of the time at a house located outside his Senate district in Laurel, but that it is not his primary residence.

But Hosemann’s statement this morning said “it appears doubtful that he lived in his district, which means he voted illegally.”

“Voting is the cornerstone of our Constitution,” the lieutenant governor said. “I call upon the Attorney General and the District Attorney of Jones County to investigate this alleged illegal activity and determine before August 8 whether the voters of Mississippi has (sic) been misled and its election laws violated.”

William Browning, who previously worked for The Commercial Dispatch, reported on his Substack on July 19 that no one appeared to reside at the Ellisville home where McDaniel is registered. Public records show McDaniel owns the property, which is located on South Court Street.

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“In four-plus years I’ve never seen any activity at the home. Curtains are always drawn. No lights ever appear on. The backyard gazebo, where McDaniel says he prayed about entering the 2014 U.S. Senate race, looks abandoned,” wrote Browning, who said he lives less than a mile from the house. Browning also wrote that he obtained public records showing that, in recent years, water usage at the residence has been low or, at times, turned off entirely. The Greenwood Commonwealth’s Tim Kalich followed up with an op-ed on the issue.

The Substack report said that McDaniel’s campaign told him the house “remains occupied and central to the McDaniel family’s daily lives,” but that they had been “forced to spend nights elsewhere” because of black mold in the

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