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June 25, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel indicated moments ago that he’s not yet conceding last night’s runoff, arguing the election was “rife with irregularities” that need to be investigated.

With all precincts reporting, six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) had 191,508 votes to McDaniel’s 184,815 — 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent.

According to FiveThirtyEight, “About 375,000 voters showed up Tuesday compared with 318,904 on June 3, an increase of more than 17 percent. Cochran raised his vote total by more than 38,000 votes, while McDaniel pulled in only an additional 30,000. That was more than enough to erase McDaniel’s 1,386 vote lead in the first round.”

Cochran’s strategy rested on widening the voter base: courting African-Americans who could legally vote in the runoff regardless of party as long as they hadn’t cast a ballot in the Democratic primary three weeks ago.

“The conservative movement is alive in Mississippi,” McDaniel said in a statement. “The Republicans who voted last night made it clear they’re looking for conservative change in Mississippi.”

“But the results also tell another story. They tell the story of some members of our party who are willing to engage in tactics unbecoming of the party of Ronald Reagan. It’s no wonder so many conservatives don’t feel welcome in the Republican Party,” he continued.

“If our party and our conservative movement are to co-exist, it is paramount that we ensure the sanctity of the election process is upheld. And we will do that. In the case of yesterday’s election, we must be absolutely certain that our Republican primary was won by Republican voters.”

McDaniel promised that “in the coming days, our team will look into the irregularities to determine whether a challenge is warranted.”

“After we’ve examined the data, we will make a decision about whether and how to procede [sic],” he said.

Cochran got some Twitter nods from his colleagues after his victory.

“Congrats to Thad Cochran on his victory tonight! Thad has always stood up for Mississippi and the Magnolia State is lucky to have him,” tweeted Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

(For complete 2014 midterm coverage, get your campaign fix on The Grid.)

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Yes. McDaniels should not quit. He should keep on running.
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Race-baiting against Chris McDaniel point back to Haley Barbour and his nephew

This is how corrupt lobbyist Haley Barbour is. The corrupt Bush Mafia at it's finest.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2672565/The-worst-race-baiting-ads-Ive-seen-Radio-ads-Mississippi-senate-race-accused-tea-party-candidate-Ku-Klux-Klan-links-drove-black-Democrats-vote-against-REPUBLICAN-primary.html
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Democrats are RINOs natural constituency.
17 weeks ago
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Stop this micro examination of America's body politic! Look at the big picture!
Let's look at reality since 1955:
Manufacturing Output (increase or Decline)
USA 1955=30% 2008=18% (a net reduction of more than one half) DECLINE
JAPAN 1955=8% 2008=10% (a 60 year plateau)NEUTRAL
GERMANY 1955=8% 2008=5% (a net reduction in output)DECLINE
CHINA 1955=4% 2008=18% ( net increase of quadruple proportions)INCREASE

Now, lets look at past American Administrations having bequeathed this travesty on These USA since 1955:
Recap, Of four World Class Economies driving current world economic engine only one has INCREASED(China), while two DECLINED(USA and Germany) and one stayed in NEUTRAL(Japan).
Recap: of past and present political parties governing America's social/economic DECLINE we have: 6 Republican Administrations and 5 Democratic administrations.
Consequences: While this systematic unraveling of America has taken place, over more than 60 years, In Our US House of Representatives there grew and festered a Marxist/Socialist inner branch of governance called the Democratic Socialist's of America. While this systematic unraveling of America has taken place Republicans (as well as Democrats) in all of government allowed "collective bargaining" to rule the roost; career lawmakers; junkets; back-room-dealmaking; The Cochran Doctrine, IRS, NSA and more. Two feckless Republican Presidents (Nixon and Ford); one gerrymandered Republican President (Reagan) and two Progressive Presidents(H.W.Bush and G.W.Bush). Both Republican and Democratic administrations contributed to this total decline in American Manufacturing Output...PERIOD.
In conclusion, It is patently obvious, to any keen observer, these data points clearly spell out very serious problems for current Washington DC ruling classes, crony capitalist's and their kabuki theatre smoke and mirrors flimflammery they have pulled over America's eyes and above all We The American People! This cabal of opportunist's cowering around the hallowed halls of WashingtonDC's House of Representatives, Senate, Supreme Court and even the White House are clearly destroying everything Our Founding Fathers laid out in the: 1)US Constitution, 2)Declaration of Independence, 3) Bill of Rights and 4) Federalist papers.
American Excellence must be We The People's cry for Liberty, Independence and Free Market Economics. Otherwise, America's decline in manufacturing output will continue its destiny...a net DECLINE. A caveat to all of these data points...China's manufacturing output is due solely on its widespread use of cheap energy, COAL. Pray. Amen. God Bless America. Join a local Tea Party, register to vote and vote.
18 weeks ago
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I get that it's an open primary. I get if you vote dem in the primary that you can't vote in the republican run-off. But, if you didn't vote in the primary, you get to vote in the run-off?
18 weeks ago
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Well, don't buy any futures on a McDaniel challenge just yet.

It doesn't help McDaniels' case that a story appeared today reporting that McDaniels actually voted in the 2003 Dem primary election in MS, but he now refuses whether to say whether he went on to vote for the GOP gubernatorial candidate in the general election - which would be illegal under the silly MS law that requires voter intent as a condition of voting (a clearly unconstitutional restricton on voting rights that was already thrown out in a 2008 Federal court), and admit his whole "voting irregularities" thing is just political ...

... or admit that he was a turncoat RINO who actually voted for Dems in the general election. Damned if he is, damned if he isn't. He won't say how he voted when directly questioned by the media.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/25/chris-mcdaniel-refused-to-concede-to-thad-cochran-now-what/
18 weeks ago
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What's your excuse for the corrupt Bush Mafia's race baiting to win. It's okay that they will do anything to beat a conservative including calling you a racist.

Anyone who still votes for the corrupt gopE is willfully blind and has no self respect. Their agenda is more Big Government just like the Democrats.

There is only 1 party in the "District of Corruption."

Haley Barbour, Mitch McConnell, Tokyo Rove and the rest of the corrupt Bush Mafia crossed the Rubicon. Congratulations, you won the battle and lost the party.

Bush Mafia purge. Remember Mississippi!
17 weeks ago
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I should believe the WaPo why? Even if true, ten years is a while to grow up in, don't you think?

What's your excuse for still being stupid?
18 weeks ago
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McDaniel is emphatically not done, but he can and should pick his battles carefully. Will anyone except the usual suspects say he can't be trusted to do that? Surely not. The rest of us can relax.

Cochran survives as a walking corpse.

Conservative voters who are anti-GOP-establishment will never again vote the party ticket or donate a dime to RNC and their PAC picks. You really think anyone, especially independents, will tolerate another phoney choice in a national election?
Well, guess some of you do, so go for it and reap the whirlwind.

Meanwhile...
1/ The rest of us will brace for another attempt to shove poor old Perry to the top of the list. That's the true spirit of today's GOP -- if at first you don't succeed, then fail, fail and fail again. Go for it, ladies!
2/ Pundits will preen and make little waves in a teacup.
3/ Sh*t will smell as usual.

More productive...
1/ Don't support Cochran, view the flyer:
http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381187/flier-got-thad-cochran-elected-john-fund
2/ Support the Ta Ta Top instead:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/lazrdurd
...which is uplifting and may also answer any lingering questions you have about the Daily Telegraph and the British MSM.
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18 weeks ago
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I think it is a given that many, many Mississippi Republicans will stay home in November given Sen. Cochran's despicable tactics. This Senate seat may be lost and the down ballot people will be hurt. Sen. McDaniel should run as Independent or Write-In.

6/25/14

Dear Chris McDaniel:

I am sick about your election. It is unacceptable what Sen. Cochran and the Republican establishment did in this election. They betrayed a substantial majority of Republican primary voters on Tuesday. By issuing that slanderous flyer claiming ‘The Tea Party’ would be trying to prevent African American voters from going to the polls and encouraging Democrats to crossover to thwart the preferred candidate of Republican primary voters, Sen. Cochran and the Republican establishment have exceeded all the bounds of decency and ethical politics.

At this point, one would think that Cochran would realize that many of the Republican voters who have been cheated out of selecting their own candidate would not vote for Mr. Cochran under any circumstances. If I were you, I would explore challenging Mr. Cochran to do the right thing and withdraw his name from consideration. If he does not, I would let him know that you will be either running as an Independent or organizing a write-in campaign. People do not like being cheated in this blatant a manner.

I urge you not to let Cochran and his friends get away with this betrayal of trust against Republican voters.

Sincerely


18 weeks ago
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That is highly doubtful. MS Republicans actually like to vote for Republicans and win elections, no matter how much fantasizing out-of-state ideologues indulge in.
18 weeks ago
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You are morally bankrupt.
17 weeks ago
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If McDaniel has clean hands on the nursing home case, and conducts himself well, he probably has a future in Mississippi Republican politics.

If it turns out he had any role - even if he knew nothing of the intrusion, but only was trying to get bloggers to plant infidelity rumors against Cochran - he's done.

Similarly, if he runs as a write-in (the deadline is past for filing as an independent) and loses, or pulls enough to elect a Democrat, he's done. Finished.

So he would have to WIN as a write-in, which has only been accomplished twice in history. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska in 2010 was the incumbent, and Strom Thurmond in South Carolina in 1954 was a popular former Governor who won because of the Democratic Party bosses' disrespect for the deceased Senator Maybank - they went from his funeral directly to pick his successor, and the public was outraged. The odds against a lesser-known politician without statewide wins in his experience pulling it off are great.
18 weeks ago
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See my comment above about the unlimited hypocrisy of McDaniels and his own history of voting in Dem primaries. Put a fork in him - I think he's already done.
18 weeks ago
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Put a fork in you. Your party is done.
17 weeks ago
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Forgive my ignorance but I have a question: I know that if a Democrat votes in their primary, they cannot vote in the Republican primary. BUT, if they vote only in the Republican primary, can they vote as Democrats in the general election?
18 weeks ago
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Actually, it would be unconstitutional to require any voter to vote in any way in any election. It would also be unconstitutional to exercise anything but a secret ballot in a certified election (caucuses and conventions, of course, which are not public elections but private affairs, can adopt any rules they wish).

The MS law that a bunch of the TPers, including Christian Adams - a writer here on pjmedia.com - wanted to hang their hat on to suppress black Democrat voters in the runoff is actually unconstitutional too, having been thrown out in a Federal court decision in 2008. The law required that a crossover voter promise to support the same candidate in the general election. Again, there can be no voter qualification tests of any kind under our Constitution and the 14th Amendment, as well as the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
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"Actually, it would be unconstitutional to require any voter to vote in any way in any election."

It's perfectly constitutional to prohibit voting in more than one party's primary. As always, you fail.

'Course I don't expect a RINO to know the constitution.
18 weeks ago
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Mississippi - and other Southern states, except for maybe Florida - does not register by party at all. The only restriction is you cannot vote in both parties' primaries for the same cycle and office. Hence you cannot "cross over" for the other side's runoff, but if you didn't vote at all in the first primary, you are perfectly entitled to.

Anyone properly registered can vote in the general, party isn't even noted.

This has only been the law in these states for a little over a century.
18 weeks ago
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He should run in the general as an independent if at all possible.
18 weeks ago
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The deadline to get on the ballot is in May, to discourage sore losers.
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