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McDaniel Formally Challenges Mississippi Runoff Results

Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel announced at a news conference on Monday that he is formally challenging his runoff loss to Senator Thad Cochran. Cochran won the Mississippi Republican primary runoff in June by 7,667 votes. But McDaniel’s lawyer, Mitch Tyner, argues that 15,000 votes are invalid. Cochran triumphed largely because he was able to drum up Democratic […]

August 5, 2014

Poll: 37 Percent Of Mississippi Republicans Would Back Confederacy In Civil War

During state Senator Chris McDaniel’s unsuccessful primary challenge to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), he often exhorted his supporters to “reclaim your country again.” Thanks to a new Public Policy Polling survey, we may have a better idea of what he meant. The poll, released Tuesday, finds that 37 percent of those who supported McDaniel in the Mississippi […]

July 16, 2014

WATCH: McDaniel Calls Mississippi Runoff ‘Most Unethical’ In History

Mississippi state senator Chris McDaniel is still not over his narrow loss in the Republican primary runoff between himself and incumbent senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). Since election night, McDaniel has refused to concede defeat, even though the state Republican Party has certified Cochran as the winner (by 7,667 votes, or 2 percent). Instead, McDaniel and […]

July 9, 2014

On July 4, A Message For Patriots Of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I always remember what my late father taught me about love of country. He was a deeply patriotic man, much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to mock as “jelly-bellied flag flappers.”  It is a phrase from a Rudyard Kipling story that […]

July 3, 2014

Conservative Groups Search For Fraud In Mississippi Runoff

Some conservatives have a problem with the fact that Democrats were the reason that Mississippi senator Thad Cochran beat Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff — so they’re doing everything they can to call the results fraudulent. True the Vote, a group that works to hunt down any evidence of voter […]

July 2, 2014

Mississippi Tea Party Leader Arrested In Photo Scandal Is Found Dead

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Tea party official Mark Mayfield, charged in connection with a scandal involving photos of Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife, has been found dead and police said they suspect suicide. Ridgeland Police Chief Jimmy Houston said the body of Mayfield, who was an attorney, was found Friday […]

June 27, 2014

Mississippi NAACP Asks Cochran To Support Voting Rights Act After Black Voters Helped Him Win Runoff

Black voters helped propel Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) to his victory against Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff election on Tuesday night. Now the Mississippi NAACP is asking Cochran to start representing these voters’ interests — by supporting efforts to re-establish the Voting Rights Act protections that were struck down by the […]

June 26, 2014

Chris McDaniel May Fight Mississippi GOP Senate Primary Loss In Court

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran’s comeback victory in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary hardened the differences between the GOP’s Tea Party and establishment wings Wednesday, raising the threat that the bitterness of the last several months of campaigning could extend into the fall’s general election. Cochran’s Tea Party challenger, Chris […]

June 26, 2014

Thad Cochran’s Democratic Campaign

WASHINGTON — “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.” The words of Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party candidate vanquished in Mississippi’s runoff on Tuesday by Sen. Thad Cochran and the state’s GOP establishment, were not the most gracious. But they contained […]

June 26, 2014

Tea Party Crack-Up: The 5 Worst Reactions To Chris McDaniel’s Loss

Senator Thad Cochran’s come-from-behind victory in Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary surprised many observers, but it inspired a different emotion in many supporters of the runner-up, state senator Chris McDaniel: Rage. McDaniel’s backers, most of whom proudly identify as Tea Party Republicans, were particularly infuriated by Cochran’s unorthodox strategy. Mississippi’s open primary system allowed any voter […]

June 25, 2014

Cochran Wins, Tea Party Loses In Mississippi

by David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Senator Thad Cochran won the Mississippi Republican Senate nomination Tuesday, edging upstart challenger Chris McDaniel and the Tea Party movement. The runoff election victory by the savvy Washington insider was a rebuff to the Tea Party and like-minded conservative groups that passionately rallied around McDaniel. His defeat […]

June 24, 2014

Cochran Clings To Small Lead In Mississippi’s GOP Senate Primary

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau UPDATE: Shortly after 11pm, EST, the Associated Press declared Cochran as the winner of the runoff. WASHINGTON — Senator Thad Cochran stubbornly clung to a small lead over upstart challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s fiercely fought Republican Senate runoff election Tuesday, a race that tested the tea party’s waning appeal. […]

June 24, 2014

Mississippi Republicans Battle In U.S. Senate Runoff

Washington (AFP) — Mississippi incumbent Thad Cochran was fighting for his political life in a Republican runoff for his U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, seeking to repulse a surging conservative challenger bucking the party establishment. A series of primary races are similarly pitting political veterans against relative outsiders, including key contests in Oklahoma, New York, and […]

June 24, 2014

GOP Clash In Mississippi Comes Down To Undecided Voters — Who May Not Vote

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau D’LO, Miss. — The closing days of the Mississippi Republican Senate campaign are a town-by-town search for elusive votes, and places such as little Simpson County matter. This cluster of small cities and wide open green spaces just south of Jackson was closely divided between Sen. Thad Cochran and […]

June 20, 2014
Reagan The gipper

The Myth Of Reagan: Senate Candidate Glosses Over Reality

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau PEARL, Miss. — “I am a Reaganite,” Chris McDaniel proclaimed with pride. He hushed the crowd at the community center Wednesday evening in Pearl, Miss., with his tale of how, when he was a 13-year-old, “my dad called me into a room” to watch a Ronald Reagan speech. McDaniel […]

June 20, 2014

‘Hey Hot Momma:’ Cochran Uses McDaniel’s Own Words In Vicious New Ad [Video]

Mississippi senator Thad Cochran is facing an uphill battle in his Republican primary campaign against Tea Party-backed state senator Chris McDaniel, but he isn’t going down without a fight. Over the weekend, the Cochran campaign released a new ad featuring clips from McDaniel’s time as a right-wing talk radio host. “It’s so interesting to see […]

June 16, 2014

In Mississippi Race, Cochran Must Defend His Conservatism

By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau ACKERMAN, MS. — In Washington, Sen. Thad Cochran is regarded as a reliable conservative. In Mississippi, angry Republicans brand him a liberal. As Cochran fights to win renomination in a June 24 Republican runoff against a Tea Party challenger, the race is hinging on a brutal battle over whether he’s conservative […]

June 15, 2014

The Mississippi Paradox

JACKSON, MS. — Can you hate the federal government but love the money it spends on you? The electoral earthquake that was Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary has pushed this question to the forefront of American politics. In conventional terms, the success of state senator Chris McDaniel in outpolling Thad Cochran, a 34-year Senate veteran, on […]

June 5, 2014

In Blow To GOP Establishment, Tea Party Forces Run-Off

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. Republican establishment suffered an embarrassing political setback Tuesday courtesy of a Tea Party challenger, who battled a long-time Senate incumbent to a draw in a Mississippi race with national implications. Seven other states also held primaries in one of the biggest vote nights of the 2014 campaign season ahead of […]

June 4, 2014

Mississippi Republican Senate Primary Too Close To Call

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — Republican Thad Cochran, the genteel Southerner who has represented Mississippi in the U.S. Senate for nearly half of his life, battled for his political future against Tea Party upstart Chris McDaniel in a race that was too close to call late Tuesday. The conservative state emerged […]

June 4, 2014

Mississippi Peeking

June 3, 2014

Mississippi’s GOP Senate Primary Race Stays Bitter To The End

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Downright dirty politics is one way to describe Mississippi’s Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has shaped up as the most brutally competitive of the season. And it’s likely to be a nail-biter until the bitter end. Senator Thad Cochran, the stately 74-year-old incumbent seeking a seventh term, […]

June 3, 2014

Tea Party Takes Another Stab At U.S. Senate Upset

Washington (AFP) – Several U.S. states hold primary votes on Tuesday ahead of November’s mid-term elections, with the Tea Party eyeing perhaps its best remaining chance to bounce an establishment Republican incumbent from the Senate. The conservative movement that promotes small government and fewer taxes has had a relatively rough 2014 campaign season, mostly failing […]

June 3, 2014

Poll Roundup: Is McConnell Safe In Kentucky?

As the 2014 midterm elections draw closer, pollsters across the country will begin releasing masses of data and their predictions of who will control the House of Representatives, the Senate, and statehouses across the country. We’ll put those predictions in focus and provide a brief summary of key polls. Here’s our roundup from the week […]

May 30, 2014

WATCH: Mississippi Republicans Trade Attack Ads On Nursing Home Break-In

Mississippi’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate is heating up in its final week, with incumbent Thad Cochran and his right-wing challenger Chris McDaniel trading attack ads centered on a nursing home break-in that has roiled the bitterly negative race. The campaign’s home stretch has been dominated by the arrest of Clayton Kelly, a right-wing blogger […]

May 27, 2014