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

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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 allied Tea Party groups have accused the Cochran campaign of rigging the election through widespread fraud, charging that the incumbent “used leftist tactics to steal the runoff election by soliciting illegal votes from liberal Democrats.”

McDaniel’s accusations — which have yet to be backed by any legitimate evidence — reached their absurd, logical conclusion over the weekend, when the state senator claimed that the runoff was “clearly the most unethical election in the history of this state.”

“Let’s make it very clear today,” McDaniel said at a July 5 rally, as reported by BuzzFeed. “After what we saw the other night, which is clearly the most unethical election in the history of this state…and might…and might…very well be the most illegal election in the history of this state. We will let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike. The people of this state will do anything to preserve the torch of liberty. We will bear any burden, fight any foe, to make sure that corruption is finally rooted out of the election process in this state.”

As BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski points out, it’s hard to imagine that the runoff was less ethical than any Mississippi election between 1875 and 1964, when black Mississipians were denied the right to vote through a combination of discriminatory laws and violent terrorism. But then, it’s not particularly surprising that McDaniel — who spent much of his Senate campaign distancing himself from various white supremacists — isn’t well versed in civil rights history.

Although McDaniel refuses to give up on the Republican primary, the Cochran campaign has already shifted its focus to the general election against former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS). Cochran is a heavy favorite to return to Washington for a seventh term in the Senate.

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Sand_Cat July 9, 2014

    Must be because he was in it!

    1. John Pigg July 10, 2014

      Wonder where his financial backing came from… my guess is out of state.

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  3. jointerjohn July 10, 2014

    In the minds of men like him and his faithful it must be unethical because it involved brown-skinned people. That’s what chaps his ass the most, that he lost due to those “damn darkies” exercising their right to vote. He longs for it to be 1855 again.

    1. Allan Richardson July 10, 2014

      They still believe that black people are not “real Americans” or even “real people” (except when talking to one face to face in an effort to get their votes). They still believe in the Dred Scott decision.

  4. highpckts July 10, 2014

    Well if it was unethical, he’s just sorry he wasn’t more unethical!! Arrogant SOB!!

  5. Thomas Martin July 11, 2014

    His strategy will not pay off. He is the one who is unethical and lent the word, “crazy” to this election.

  6. Independent1 July 13, 2014

    Are right wingers ever not poor losers?? Whenever they lose, it’s always because the other side cheated or pulled some kind of trick.

    Remember Romney, I believe he claimed that he lost because Obama bought votes by promising gifts to those who voted for him.


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