Despite being short 6,400 votes, State Senator Chris McDaniel will not surrender.
As Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle reported Tuesday, McDaniel “announced to a room of supporters” during an impassioned speech at “his victory party at the Hattiesburg Convention Center late Tuesday evening” that he “will challenge the results of the Tuesday runoff election, in which 41-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran won by about 6,400 votes.
“I want to be very, very clear: There is nothing dangerous or extreme about wanting to balance a budget. There is nothing dangerous or extreme about defending the Constitution or the civil liberties therein. There is nothing strange at all about standing as people of faith for a country that we built, that we believe in. But there is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”
“conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats” – Chris McDaniel
As reported by Business Insider’s Brett Logiurato Tuesday, Cochran, “who has held office since 1978,” was “hanging on for his political life against” McDaniel, “a Tea Party-aligned candidate who the GOP establishment worries could put deep-red Mississippi into play for moderate Democratic candidate and former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers.”
“Part of Cochran’s strategy, “Todd Beamon of Newsmax reported Wednesday, “was to increase voter turnout by appealing to Democrats and African Americans who did not vote in the primary.”
“Mississippi voters do not register by party — and Democrats who voted for Cochran on Tuesday but voted three weeks ago in their party’s primary were legally barred from voting in the runoff.
A record 318,902 Mississippians voted in the primary.”
“The black vote made the difference in Mississippi,” Beamon quoted Democratic pollster and analyst Doug Schoen telling Newsmax in an email. “Republicans voted for McDaniel. Cochran won with Democrats and specifically African Americans.”
As Boyle noted for Breitbart Tuesday, “McDaniel said Cochran’s decision to seek Democrats to vote for him in the Republican primary runoff was un-Republican.”
He also noted to his supporters during his speech that “there were literally dozens of irregularities reported all across this state.”
“You know why,” McDaniel said of the reason behind the voting anomalies. “You read the stories. You’re familiar with the problems that we have.”
Now it’s our job to make sure that the sanctity of the vote is upheld. Before this race ends, we have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters. We will stand with courage, we will stand with judgment, and we will stand with integrity. This is our fight, conservatives. This is necessary. We are not prone to surrender, we Mississippians. A strong and sturdy people we are, a brave people we are, a people that can still lead the conservative revival in this country. We will lead the resurgence. That begins right here in Mississippi.”
Boyle further reported that, in a phone interview with Breitbart News late Tuesday night, Mississippi State Democratic Party Chairman Rickey Cole conceded that there are questionable voting elements in this election and “said McDaniel should challenge the election results.”
“Clearly there was some sloppiness to say the least, and probably some failures to comply with the law.”
While Cochran’s strategy to eke out a victory in Mississippi’s run-off election demonstrates how establishment politicians will stoop to any level to keep their power, the success of that strategy validates the power of “crossover voting.”
From my personal experience, as a resident of Florida, voters can only vote in their party’s elections. I am a registered Libertarian and not allowed to vote in either the GOP elections or the Democrat elections.
My personal belief is that cross voting should be illegal across the country. Voters from other parties should not be allowed to affect primary elections (i.e. democrats should not be allowed to influence Republican races, and vice versa).
Whether or not you agree with my humble opinion is, of course, based on whether or not the respective voting laws in your state – which allow for crossover voting… or not — produces victories for your candidates of choice.
Then again, you also have to live with the consequences of those victories.
Take the voters in Mississippi who re-elected Cochran… again.
As Boyle noted for Breitbart May 2014, Cochran “lives in the basement apartment in a house owned by his executive assistant, Kay Webber, which he has listed as his primary address on official forms.”
Boyle noted that, according to the Congressional Record, Webber has traveled with Cochran to 42 countries across five continents, 33 times since 2002 — at taxpayer’s expense… to the tune of $155,000.
Meanwhile, as CBS/AP reported May 18, 28-year-old conservative blogger Clayton Kelly was arrested for “sneaking into a nursing home and photographing” Cochran’s “bedridden wife” — 72-year-old Rose Cochran, who suffers from dementia and has lived at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison since 2000 – “without permission.”
I’ll have more on that in a later post.
But for now, we’ll wait and see if McDaniel carries through with his challenge and how the courts respond.
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FURTHER READING:The fiery Chris McDaniel speech you have to see (Washington Post) McDaniel May Launch Legal Challenge to Cochran’s Dirty Tricks (TPNN)