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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran has won Mississippi's GOP nomination for the seventh time, squeaking past tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in a runoff Tuesday. Cochran led McDaniel 51 percent to 49 percent, in a turnout that spiked from 319,000 voters in the June 3 primary to more than 360,000 Tuesday. More than 30 outside super PACS and other groups pumped in about $11.4 million to the race -- $7.3 million helping McDaniel and $4.1 million helping Cochran.

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I don't have a dog in this hunt, but it would've been better for Democrats if McDaniel won. He (and his team) were liable to do another five weird and potentially illegal things during the general election.

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2014-06-24 11:51 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Another loss for the Tea Party -- good!

#2 | Posted by forty_two at 2014-06-24 11:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

Hmmm I wonder why Mark Levin wasn't going on about this one while I was driving home from work just now.

#3 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-25 12:38 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 2

McDaniel's message of 'I will do nothing for you' really resonated. The fact that Cochran had to depend on Democrat votes is good news for Democrats. 360,000 votes is amazing.

#4 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-06-25 12:39 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Hmmm I wonder why Mark Levin wasn't going on about this one while I was driving home from work just now.

#3 | POSTED BY JPW

Because the outcome wasn't to his liking?

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-25 12:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

Indeed.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-25 01:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

JPW,

You have to admit though - this isn't a non-story. The establishment threw their weight behind this guy big time and he adroitly played the open-primary system for his state to his benefit. The fact that this primary was this close...it is what it is.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-25 01:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

And now questions have to be asked about what animals he acted "indecent" with.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-25 01:14 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

The establishment threw their weight behind this guy big time and he adroitly played the open-primary system for his state to his benefit. The fact that this primary was this close...it is what it is.

I'm not sure I'm clear on what you mean.

McDaniel had more monetary support and played the system well but still lost, so this is telling regarding the decline of the TP?

Or the "establishment" GOP supported Cochran and the fact that more outside groups supported McDaniel and he came close to winning is significant?

#9 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-25 01:38 AM | Reply | Flag:

JPW,

Particularly in light of the Cantor drubbing...the latter.

#10 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-25 01:40 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nevermind. For some reason I thought the article ended at the pictures below the first three or so paragraphs.

Cochran, 76, enjoyed the support of the state's GOP establishment, and was endorsed by most statewide elected Republican officials including Gov. Phil Bryant.

McDaniel, 42, a two-term state senator, had tea party support, including financial backing from national groups, and a base fired up with anti-Washington and anti-incumbent sentiment.

I'm assuming that's what you were referencing?

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-25 01:41 AM | Reply | Flag:

Money has flowed in the race – at least $17.4 million – most from outside interests.

The Cochran campaign raised about $4.5 million at last report; McDaniel, $1.5 million.

But more than 30 outside super PACS and other groups pumped in about $11.4 million. Outside groups spent $7.3 million helping McDaniel; $4.1 million helping Cochran.

Well this is interesting.

One has to wonder how well the TP darling would have done without monetary support from national groups.

#12 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-25 01:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

JPW - yes, that is what I was referencing.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-25 01:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

To clarify - it wasn't the money itself, but where it was coming from. Ironically, 'The Brat' crushed Cantor fighting a horribly-slanted money campaign against him.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-06-25 01:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

To clarify - it wasn't the money itself, but where it was coming from.

To me it signifies a negative thing-a candidate who was poor at fundraising locally is buoyed by national interest groups. Is this signifying the expansion of local congressional races to the national level? I don't know as I'm not sure how the money spent compares to previous years. My gut feeling doesn't make me feel hopeful, however.

Ironically, 'The Brat' crushed Cantor fighting a horribly-slanted money campaign against him.

This was the root of my Mark Levin dig. I only knew about the Cantor loss because as I was driving home that night he was babbling on about it, checking the election results ever two minutes for the latest numbers and making claiming to not make predictions while making predictions.

Yet tonight it was just him ranting in his annoying half yell about the report on climate change and economic impacts. He doesn't have the balls apparently to talk about instances when he's wrong.

#15 | Posted by jpw at 2014-06-25 02:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

Another loss for the Tea Party -- good!

#2 | Posted by forty_two

I thought the Democrats were pulling for the tea party because it was creating a divide among the Republicans.

#16 | Posted by mariosanchez at 2014-06-25 03:18 AM | Reply | Flag:

Does anyone know if Mississippi has a "sore loser law" that prohibits defeated candidates in the primaries from running as independents in the same election? The fact that he won't concede should be troubling for establishment GOPers.

#17 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-06-25 04:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

The fact that he won't concede

#17 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-06-25 04:26 AMFlag: (Choose)
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Is exactly what you'd expect. Watch for support for secession next if merely hanging in there doesn't get it for him.

#18 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-25 07:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

I thought the Democrats were pulling for the tea party because it was creating a divide among the Republicans.

That's what we should be doing, but the tea party is so aggravating it's tough not to enjoy their misfortunes.

#19 | Posted by rcade at 2014-06-25 08:17 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Maybe Rcade, you should stick to your own party business. Now its going to take the courts and recounts to discount all of the improperly placed votes that pushed Thad Cochran into nomination.

But, what does the left care about legal and fair elections. Par for the course to tamper with the vote.

#20 | Posted by americanPLY at 2014-06-25 08:23 AM | Reply | Flag:

#17 | Posted by DCTexan

Its not about being a sore loser. The primary election was conducted illegally. Democrats who cast ballots in their own primary just three weeks prior cant turn around and vote in the Republican primary,

The Democrats are screwing with the election process once again. In a logical world, being apart of the Democratic party would subject you to prosecution under RICO.

#21 | Posted by americanPLY at 2014-06-25 08:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

"That's what we should be doing, but the tea party is so aggravating it's tough not to enjoy their misfortunes."

I'm not so sure, the Tea Partiers could very well sit this one out out of spite. I expect Republican turnout will be low come election day.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 08:46 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

"Now its going to take the courts and recounts to discount all of the improperly placed votes that pushed Thad Cochran into nomination."

Great, the more confusion and legal battles the better, Republicans battling Republicans, my favorite sport to watch.

#23 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 08:48 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

And you newly found outrage about cross party meddling is laughable, where were you when the Alvin Michael Greene somehow got nominated for the U.S. Senate in NC.

#24 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 08:49 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

But, what does the left care about legal and fair elections. Par for the course to tamper with the vote.

#20 | Posted by americanPLY at 2014

If a legal crossover vote in a primary election is tampering with the vote, then:

1) Someone ought to lecture Rush Limbaugh about that

2) You fellas are insistent upon having a revolution out of really nothing, aren't you?

#25 | Posted by Zed at 2014-06-25 08:53 AM | Reply | Flag:

#20 | Posted by americanPLY
"Maybe Rcade, you should stick to your own party business."

#21 | Posted by americanPLY
"The Democrats are screwing with the election process once again. In a logical world, being apart of the Democratic party would subject you to prosecution under RICO."

Maybe you should stick to your own party business.

#26 | Posted by TheTom at 2014-06-25 09:03 AM | Reply | Flag:

Its not about being a sore loser. The primary election was conducted illegally. Democrats who cast ballots in their own primary just three weeks prior cant turn around and vote in the Republican primary,

The Democrats are screwing with the election process once again. In a logical world, being apart of the Democratic party would subject you to prosecution under RICO.

#21 | Posted by americanPLY

Do you have a reliable source for this?

#27 | Posted by Daniel at 2014-06-25 09:06 AM | Reply | Flag:

#24 | Posted by danni

"It is another embarrassment for South Carolina, said Carl F. Jackson Jr, a graphic designer at a local newspaper, The Clarendon Citizen. "Anybody who got beyond eighth grade is a little astounded by this," Mr. Jackson said, adding his own theory of how Mr. Greene had won. "Maybe voters thought it was the singer, Al Green." "

www.nytimes.com

#28 | Posted by americanPLY at 2014-06-25 09:20 AM | Reply | Flag:

"where were you when the Alvin Michael Greene somehow got nominated for the U.S. Senate in NC."

I thought it was funny.

didn't you?

#29 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-25 09:32 AM | Reply | Flag:

"I thought it was funny.
didn't you?"

It was actually sort of pathetic, the guy hardly even understood what was going on around him.

#30 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 10:07 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It was actually sort of pathetic, the guy hardly even understood what was going on around him."

and yet democrats voted for him....proving that party line voters are't very bright.

#31 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-25 10:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

aren't.

if I'm going to put others down....I could at least spell correctly when I'm doing it.

:-)

#32 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-25 10:31 AM | Reply | Flag:

More accurately, Democrats voted against Jim DeMint, a worthy motive. Electing a mannequin would have been a better outcome than electing DeMint.

#33 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 10:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

Oh Danni....you poor thing.

It was a primary and nobody was voting against Jim DeMint. Only a shameless partisan hack would try to explain or defend Greene's victory.

#34 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-25 11:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

More than 30 outside super PACS and other groups pumped in about $11.4 million to the race -- $7.3 million helping McDaniel and $4.1 million helping Cochran.

Why do we even pretend there are local elections and state elections? People in outside states should not interfere in local and state elections, period!

#35 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-06-25 11:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

"It was a primary and nobody was voting against Jim DeMint."

I was talking about the Democrats who went to the polls and voted for him in the election.

#36 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 11:24 AM | Reply | Flag:

#35

when our govt is spending trillions of dollars, a senate seat is worth a lot of $$$$$$.

#37 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-25 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

when our govt is spending trillions of dollars, a senate seat is worth a lot of $$$$$$.

Not a factor, or rather shouldn't be one.

My Governor is MY Governor and some rich ------- in Nevada should have no say in who my Governor is.

My Senators represent MY STATE, not a party and nobody other than those that Senator represents should have a say in if they are elected, period.

#38 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-06-25 11:48 AM | Reply | Flag:

#38

I don't disagree but understand the reality.....if your senator is the chairman of the Appropriations committee and Raytheon (employing thousands of people) is in another state and they need to ensure that committee spends the money that keeps those folks employed due to defense spending.......you see where I'm going with that.

so there are times when your senator is NOT representing your state.

#39 | Posted by eberly at 2014-06-25 11:56 AM | Reply | Flag:

I understand that concept, but it violates the spirit of Congress IMHO. In Florida, if not for outside money, we would have neither Rubio nor Scott and it sickens me every election is now a national one.

#40 | Posted by kanrei at 2014-06-25 12:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The Democrats are screwing with the election process once again."

...In 13 districts, multiple instances of intimidation at the polls were reported. Large black men wearing traditional Black Panther garb were reported lingering around polling places, approaching older voters asking questions about who they intended on voting for. In Bolivar and Coahoma counties (traditional Democratic strongholds), election officials withheld submitting voter data in order to get an idea of whether to count absentee ballots or not. In an audit of the voter registration information, it quickly became apparent that MULTIPLE votes were cast by people who were either deceased or had long ago moved out of the district.

Same old story. Democrats cheat en mass. Nothing will probably be done about it.

#41 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-06-25 07:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

"My Governor is MY Governor and some rich ------- in Nevada should have no say in who my Governor is."

I agree with that but no billionaire right here in Florida should be able to buy an election either. Money should not be allowed to increase the voice of any one citizen over another citizen. Elections should not be events that allow media to make millions and thereby, with the power of media, through editing of news, etc. use their power to make sure that those who will protect their gravy win most of the time.

#42 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 07:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Large black men wearing traditional Black Panther garb were reported lingering.

Reported by whom? You?

#43 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 07:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

Large black men....old white racist's worst nightmare.

Wonder how you'd have reacted if they had AR-15s slung over their shoulders? But hey, don't you believe in 2nd Amendment rights? Do those rights only apply to angry white men?

#44 | Posted by danni at 2014-06-25 07:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

The republican establishment party got uncle tom blacks to vote for Cochran. They used fear tactics just like the demorats do. It's interesting how the Dannis of this country want to continue the same establishment practices of both parties that have put us in the deep hole we are. When the whole thing implodes (and it will), the finger of responsibility will be pointed at her and others like her.

#45 | Posted by matsop at 2014-06-25 08:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

LOL. Just LISTEN to the right wing paranoid, conspiracy drivel. McDaniel himself once voted as a Democrat. Hysterical.

#46 | Posted by midiman at 2014-06-25 08:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

"The republican establishment party got uncle tom blacks to vote for Cochran. They used fear tactics just like the demorats do. It's interesting how the Dannis of this country want to continue the same establishment practices of both parties that have put us in the deep hole we are. When the whole thing implodes (and it will), the finger of responsibility will be pointed at her and others like her.
#45 | Posted by matsop at 2014-06-25 08:27 PM"

Look who's squealing now:

'Racist Pig Rush Limbaugh: "Uncle Toms for Thad"
Totally open right wing racism'

littlegreenfootballs.com

Of course, it was OK in 2008 for "Mr. Operation Chaos":

"In late February 2008, Limbaugh announced "Operation Chaos," a political call to action with the initial plan to have voters of the Republican Party temporarily cross over to vote in the Democratic primary and vote for Hillary Clinton, who at the time was in the midst of losing eleven straight primary contests to Barack Obama. Limbaugh has also cited the open primary process in the early primary states of New Hampshire and South Carolina, which allowed independent voters to cross over into the Republican primaries to choose John McCain over more conservative candidates (such as Fred Thompson), as an inspiration.

en.wikipedia.org

Surprise, surprise, surprise...

#47 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2014-06-25 09:02 PM | Reply | Flag:

#47

Surely you don't expect consistency from the wingers, do you?

#48 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2014-06-25 09:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

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