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Six-Term Cochran Holds Off Tea Party Challenge from McDaniel

McDaniel has yet to concede the race against longtime Mississippi senator. (For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

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Ben Ledbetter

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June 25, 2014 - 5:47 am
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Six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) won his primary against Tea Party challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Republican runoff and will face Democrat and former Rep. Travis Childers in the November election.

While the counting for the primary on June 3 went into June 4, last night’s runoff was decided before 11 p.m.

Cochran, who is one election closer to his seventh term, finished with 190,633 votes while McDaniel had 184,260 votes.

“It’s been a real pleasure working closely with so many of you, making appearances in towns all across Mississippi,” Cochran told supporters in Jackson. “What we have tonight is a reflected consensus for more and better jobs for Mississippi workers, a military force and the capacity to defend the security interests of the United States of America.”

While Cochran won, McDaniel did not mention conceding the race in a speech to supporters in Hattiesburg.

“We fought, we had a dream and the dream is still with us,” the state senator said.

Mississippi is an open primary state and McDaniel said Democrats deciding the Republican primary was wrong. He also said the GOP was no longer the party of former President Ronald Reagan.

“We’re not done fighting and when we’re done, it will be,” he said. “We were right tonight.”

McDaniel said dozens of irregularities were reported across the state.

McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch declined to confirm whether McDaniel would concede, but said to stay tuned.

The runoff meant there were extra days for an already bitter primary race and it continued to be eventful.

At a Jackson grocery store on June 20, McDaniel got in a shouting match with a retired schoolteacher. According to The Mississippi Press, John Davis, 77, asked how the state senator would accomplish any of his goals with no seniority and a promise to not get along with anyone. McDaniel then asked what the current incumbents have accomplished by putting the country in debt and the two went back and forth. McDaniel eventually sat down and Davis was shooed away by other attendees.

A McDaniel supporter was arrested for sneaking into a nursing home and taking a photo of Cochran’s wife who has dementia; however, McDaniel’s campaign denied any relationship with the blogger, Clayton Kelly, 28.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith said there was no crime committed when a McDaniel staffer and two others were locked inside the courthouse on election night, June 3. According to WAPT-TV, Smith said no crime was committed since there were no witnesses and no video recording. However, the courthouse is equipped with surveillance cameras. Ballots were in a locked vault.

Cochran’s camp has also experienced trouble as the campaign’s field representative for DeSoto County was charged with a misdemeanor of malicious mischief for allegedly stealing McDaniel campaign signs.

Southaven Police spokesman Lt. Mark Little told the DeSoto Times Tribune that Little turned himself in and posted bail of $350.

“He’s fired,” Cochran spokesperson Jordan Russell told the Clarion-Ledger. “Unlike Chris McDaniel, we don’t tolerate that kind of behavior.”

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Cochran is anathma to honest people.

Additionally, it's time to disband and reconstitute the RNC and bar any current operative being involved in ANY way. Throw them ALL under the bus and drive it over and back until they can NOT recover.
25 weeks ago
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"The incumbent senator received support from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg."

Michael "Do as I Say" Bloomberg. That, there, is reason enough to oppose Cochran.
25 weeks ago
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Democrat reply: Yeah, so whaddaya gonna do aboud it!
25 weeks ago
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I'm almost never happy when a 78 year old wins election to anything.

Haven't read all the coverage, but a few glances suggest this was pulled off by semi-legal Democratic crossovers, and not because they loved Cochran.
25 weeks ago
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Stupid voter syndrome is alive & well, I see.
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Cochran probably won with the votes of Democrat crossovers. Now, that’s perfectly fair…Mississippi state law allows for that and everyone knew the rules going in so no one can complain about fairness (assuming the votes are legally valid; which remains to be seen).

That said – Mississippi’s voting laws are really, really stupid (other states also share this problem). Republicans should choose the Republican nominee (the same for Democrats). It is absurd to allow the opposition party to help choose a nominee. And, independents choose to not formally align with either main party…that’s their right and if it makes them feel good, so be it…but it should also be the case that their choice means they forgo the ability to help choose a nominee for a political party or parties they’ve opted out of.

Is there any pressure the RNC (or DNC) can apply to states to make them eliminate open primaries and caucuses?
25 weeks ago
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They may not want to.
25 weeks ago
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Looks like McDaniel is going “balls to the wall” with a challenge! What a guy, what a speech. Win or lose, it’s a beautiful thing:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/06/24/McDaniel-To-Challenge-Election-Results
25 weeks ago
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Woo-hoo. Keep swinging Chris!!
25 weeks ago
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Looks like we are at full scale "war" with the RINOS and big government republicans. How low do you go to subvert the will of the people by soliciting democrats to bid for a republican candidate. Gosh maybe we ought to go after Mitch McConnel that way. Teach these Libtard Republicans a lesson that we would rather have a junior democrat in the Senate than some sleazy old buzzard like McConnel. Fire with fire guys and gals.
25 weeks ago
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Good idea.....pass it on.
25 weeks ago
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Teach them a lesson and contribute to the destruction of America. Great.
25 weeks ago
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A half wit put in office by the half wit brigade
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