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November 26, 2014

Chris McDaniel Campaign Wants Runoff Redo

Chris McDaniel Campaign Wants Runoff Redo

The McDaniel campaign is challenging the results of last month's runoff. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

State Sen. Chris McDaniel’s attorney confirmed Monday the campaign’s plans to challenge the results of last month’s Senate runoff, arguing the only solution is to hold a new election for the GOP nomination.

McDaniel lost to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., in the June 24 GOP runoff by about 6,700 votes. Since then, McDaniel’s allies have contested the results and his team offered a cash prize for anyone who can provide evidence of voter fraud.

“The correct remedy is a new election,” said Mitch Tyner, lead counsel for the McDaniel campaign. He added campaign volunteers have reviewed runoff results in 82 counties and have found evidence of voter fraud.

“I don’t know the exact numbers,” said Tyner, speaking in front of the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson. “I know there’s several thousand that are absolutely ineligible voters.”

Once the review is complete, Tyner said, the legal challenge will be filed with the Mississippi Republican Party and later for a judicial review.

The results of the review are not yet available, according to the McDaniel campaign. Tyner said that while they did not have to find 6,700 ineligible votes, but added: “I would be surprised if we don’t find 6,700.”

The review process is focused on absentee ballots, McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch said in a statement earlier Monday.

“They are not reviewing the ballots,” Fritsch said. “They’re examining the absentee application and the absentee envelopes to determine whether voters who participated in the June 24 primary runoff election were eligible to participate.”

The McDaniel campaign has been raising money for its legal fund. Last week, it offered 15 rewards of $1,000 each to anyone who could provide evidence of voter fraud “leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved.”

A conservative group took up McDaniel’s cause last week, suing the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Mississippi Republican Party, saying they had not been provided full access to election documents to review the results.

Cochran’s campaign confirmed Monday they had monitored the McDaniel campaigns review of election documents. The review had “thus far are revealing an extremely low number of crossover votes from the June 24th election,” said Cochran spokesman Jordan Russell.

“As the process moves forward, the conversation is shifting from wild, baseless accusations to hard facts. As we have said from the beginning, the run-off results are clear: the majority of Mississippians voted for Senator Thad Cochran,” Russell added.

In a chaotic conference call last week, Cochran’s campaign made an effort to rebut McDaniel’s allegations.

The race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

  • Mickey Kovars

    If McDaniel somehow wins this, he will be another Todd Akin and will lose the seat to the Dems in Nov. He is an angry, unreconstructed Confederate and the national media would eat him alive.

    • Evony Master

      He is angry and justifiably so. That’s about the only charge you made that is true. Akin was a fool and paid for it, McDaniel is not.

      • http://fb.me/MrMikeDavis Mike Davis

        Oh please. The Ds in Mississippi were absolutely hoping for a McDaniel win.

        The guy hangs with Sons of Confederate Veterans and has a history of bigoted comments on his radio show. This latest complaining that winning with black votes is somehow illegitimate and accusing Cochran of vote-buying without any credible evidence just drives the point home. Not ready for prime time.

        Thank Baby Jeebus the voters of Mississippi saved us from another amateur-hour loon,

        • mabramso

          I suspect both sides are exaggerating. I don’t think McDaniel is a racist, but he is certainly a sore loser.

          • Fred Beloit

            You would be sore too if you thought you had been cheated out of a rigged election.

        • Pellucidar

          I’m calling BS. Ds in Mississippi were hoping for a McDaniel win. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

        • Fred Beloit

          Slate writer: “Instead, he’s made an assumption: These black voters are Democrats, and their votes are illegitimate. “There is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats,” he said after the election.

          He said nothing about black votes. That is in your pin head Mr. Pelosi.

          • http://fb.me/MrMikeDavis Mike Davis

            Maybe Mr. McDaniel should clarify his comments. Mississippi doesn’t have voter registration by party, so why does he assume it was Democrats that decided the election?

          • Fred Beloit

            Because in the few counties where he was allowed to investigate, large numbers of votes were from Dems.

          • http://fb.me/MrMikeDavis Mike Davis

            False, and now that the vote has been certified, he has access to all the counties. First the vote is certified, then comes the challenge period. That’s the law.

          • Fred Beloit

            Note my use of past tense: “…where he was allowed to investigate…” Perhaps libruls are not aware of it, but tense matters.

    • Layla

      Want to bet? If I were Congress, both sides, I’d have my desk packed up soon. You’re all going home.

  • bpai99

    Translation: any result that doesn’t have me winning is invalid and therefore requires recounts until the correct outcome is achieved.

    • Evony Master

      Real Translation: dems can’t vote in both primaries and we have evidence several thousand did.

      • Gregory Williams

        Suuuuuuuure you do… let us all know when your going to present proof of that since at the ballot locations they checked to see if you voted in the primary and which ballot you asked for – if you voted on a democratic ballot before you could not get a republican run off ballot.

        Now grow up and accept the fact that the voters rejected that unAmerican freak you love so much.

      • Kevin J. Rea

        Show us the evidence.

      • buttholepunch

        Mississippi doesn’t have Republican or Democrats when it comes to voter registration. You just register to vote, not for a party.
        As a result they have open primaries, so anyone can vote for whoever they want to.

        • mabramso

          But when you show up, do they not record which ballot was asked for?

          • Pellucidar

            The only flaw in your logic as I see it might be is if they don’t require a valid form of identity to obtain a ballot. Crossover voters, as nefarious as that might seem, have been known to do such dastardly things as show fake identification. Also, it would seem that if they are searching the absentee ballots and have found evidence of voter fraud then these are the two avenues McDaniel’s team are pursuing. I wanted Cochran to lose to McDaniel. I believe the will of the people has been thwarted. If a run-off is determined to be necessary, I hope McDaniel wins. So I’m obviously far from impartial here. I think the tactics deployed by Haley Barbour and his Republican establishment cronies are dispicable and indicate how corrupt Mississippi politics have become. That said, if the numbers don’t add up to warrant a run off election then so be it. If the numbers do add up, I say invalidate the votes in question and declare McDaniel the winner with no need for a run off…..which I don’t think is going to happen.

          • mabramso

            MS requires a photo ID to vote. So the only real issue here is, did over 6700 voters vote in the Democrat primary and then vote in the GOP runoff?

            From where I am sitting, Cochran was backed into a corner (knowing that he would probably lose), and with the help of people like Barbour, they sought and obtained sufficient help from black Democrats who did not vote in their own primary (perhaps because Childers was automatic on the Dem side) but were persuaded to vote for Cochran as the lesser of two evils. Perfectly legal? Yes. Good for the Party? Probably not. But if this is what happened, I think it was actually quite ingenious. And I say that as someone who is completely impartial. I just want to see as many Senate Republican victories in November as possible.

            But as for a remedy, there is no way to legitimately have a do-over. You would have to PROVE that Cochran actually lost, and the only way to do that is to know who voters voted for (which is unconstitutional). That is, even if you could show that 6700+ voters voted in the Democrat primary and then in the GOP runoff, there is no way you could prove that they voted for Cochran. Illegal crossover voting is something that simply MUST be caught by poll workers before votes are cast. The only after-the-fact remedy is to prosecute the perpetrators, which does not help McDaniel.

        • memphis2

          But you have to choose whether to vote in the Republican or the Democrat primary. If you voted in the Democrat primary, you cannot vote in the Republican primary runoff.

      • http://fb.me/MrMikeDavis Mike Davis

        Meanwhile, in the real world … The crossover vote wasn’t as big as McDaniel whined about.

        A lot of people in the GOP are wondering why the Tea Party was so enamored with this neoconfederate jackwagon in the first place.

        • Pellucidar

          Because Thad Cochran is a clean as the wind-driven snow, right?

      • mabramso

        Sure they can — but they would have had to have originally voted in the GOP primary.

    • Fred Beloit

      God these libs are scared to death of McDaniel. Fun to watch.

      When the aged Sen. Cochran is finally taken to his last office in the sky…or elsewhere, clutching copies of all the give-away, vote-buying bills he sponsored and voted for, McDaniel may be back. I certainly hope so.

  • Vito Giotta

    Sen. Thad Cochran is a scumbag RINO along with his campaign manager.
    McDaniel will win the fight over this scum and will win over the Demarcate in November election.

    • Layla

      Do a write in campaign.

      • Vito Giotta

        You have 6 counties in Mississippi that have been court ordered to purge their voter rolls due to the dead voters, voters from other counties voting in two counties or more and voters who have left the state. None of these counties have purged the rolls yet. I will bet that all of these voters are registered democrats.

    • boonhoggenbeck1

      what exactly is a “Demacarte?”

      • buttholepunch

        half a menu?

    • Kevin J. Rea

      Can’t wait to see this guy magically disappear in November when I go to call him out on being wrong.

      • Vito Giotta

        Kevin
        The evidence is overwhelming that Cochran’s campaign received and laundered money from the RNC of $89,000, $250,000 from Bloomberg and more US Senators. They failed to file with the FED FEC and the state FEC. They have copies of emails that show how they would pay for each vote. The demoncrats failed to turn over the voting records to the republicans to cross check them for previous voters who vote in the first election in May in key counties. 6 counties have been court ordered to purge their voter rolls months ago and have failed to do so. This whole elections about the RNC RINOS saving face among themselves because they called the Tea Party weak and disruptive and conservatives would not vote them into office. This why they dumped so much money into this race. But I predict that Cochran will drop ‘out or be found guilty of election fraud and that McDaniels we win the seat in November. Then I will come back on you. LOL

        • calling all toasters

          Are you an earthling?

          1) You don’t “launder” RNC money. They give it to you to spend and you spend it.

          2) “They have copies of emails that show how they would pay for each vote.” Oh, the Cochran people admitted to a felony? And yet even McDaniel isn’t saying this. Only deranged people are.

          3) “The demoncrats failed to turn over the voting records to the republicans” That’s because the Democrats don’t have them. The Board of Elections has them, and has them brought to every precinct for every election.

          4) “I predict that Cochran will drop out or be found guilty of election fraud and that McDaniels (sic) will win the Senate seat in November.” He definitely will. In your mind. This is why I never bet wingnuts: they never believe a result they don’t like could actually have happened.

          • Vito Giotta

            Kevin when you resort to name calling and demeaning people in your response it shows your immaturity and lack of knowledge of the facts and history boy < demeaning term, So grow up and respond act like a man instead of a child. However if your a demoncrate go f@#k youself LOL

          • calling all toasters

            Whatever you say, Margaret.

          • Kevin J. Rea

            Where in my post did I name call anyone? And hey pot calling the kettle black, maybe you should read the last sentence you wrote before telling someone they are immature.

          • Vito Giotta

            Kevin
            Lets post your words you used:
            1. “Are you an earthling”
            2. “Wingnuts”

  • Pragmatic Conservative

    Are any of McDaniel’s supporters asking some very obvious questions, such as, “If they found thousands of ineligible votes last week, why are they suddenly unsure of how many ineligible votes were cast,” or, “If they have overwhelming proof of voter fraud, why do they suddenly have to offer to pay people for evidence of voter fraud?” It boils down to this – so far, McDaniel has found no legal basis for challenging this election, he is just upset that, A. He lost, and B. Democrats legally voted in the primary.
    The next question is this, will the Tea Partiers who support McDaniel, the same ones who whine nonstop about how the “establishment” doesn’t support their nominees in general elections, support Cochran when it is PROVEN that he won fair and square? Or will they develop numerous conspiracy theories, despite having no evidence at all, and sit at home. If they latter, they will have once again proven themselves to be hypocrites who have no respect for the rule of law or the will of the people.

    • Evony Master

      Firstly, they were in the process of checking the vote books as they spoke at that conference, so they don’t have EXACT numbers for that reason.
      Secondly they offered the reward money to strengthen their case in what is sure to be a hostile environment. Overturning an election is not an easy task.
      Thirdly, you have NO EVIDENCE at all that for A or B and the McDaniel camp likely has plenty to disprove the legality of many of those democrat votes.
      Finally, whether the election was legal or not, there is nothing fair about making baseless race baiting attacks against your opponent and bringing in another party to win a primary because the voters in your own party DON’T WANT YOU.
      Were I a resident, I’d be voting for Childers. Better a candidate with the decency to put the proper letter in front of his name then one who didn’t. The establishment cannot be allowed to get away with this, PERIOD.

      • Pragmatic Conservative

        First of all, there is plenty of evidence that McDaniel lost, because he did (until proven otherwise). Second, there is plenty of evidence the Democrats voted legally because they did (until proven othewise).
        Second, if McDaniel has all the “proof” he claims of illegal voting, he doesn’t need to pay someone to back him up, unless he’s looking for someone like they guy his people paid to tell stories about illegal voting while offering absolutely no proof.

        Third was it fair for McDaniel’s goons to take pictures of Cochran’s wife in a blatantly illegal stunt? Was it fair for McDaniel’s people to lie about Cochran’s record (as the Tea Party usually does with GOP incumbents)? This isn’t about what is fair. Elections are not voided because someone did something that wasn’t fair (a very subjective term). What matters is what was legal. The laws of Mississippi allow for an open primary, as do many states. Are all elections in those states to be deemed invalid because some folks crossed over to vote?
        Third, in the last year they both served in Congress, Cochran had a 76% conservative voting record, while Childers was only 60%. So admit it, you only want the MOST conservative possible candidate to win. Otherwise, you are happy to let the more liberal candidate win and to ensure that Obama can continue to push his agenda on the rest of us. Like most Tea Partiers, you insist you must get everything you want or you will allow the liberals to get what they want. So take your pick, are you being illogical, or simply hypocritical?

        • abinc

          I’m not in Mississippi; I don’t know anything about the candidates. I’m not picking at that. I do want to comment on what you said about the TEA Party insisting that they “must get everything you want. . .” Compromise is built into the Democratic system, that I know. But I see the compromise that we have witnessed over — literally — generations has eroded liberty in America. The TEA Party movement — “Taxed Enough Already” — is a statement that enough is enough. More compromise just results in a weakening of the pioneer and entrepreneurial spirit that made America great. We need a return to strict conservative principles to govern our financial house and, in many ways, we need social conservative-ism as well. By that I mean too many people have lost their moral compass. They count on the “gov’ment” to care for them with someone else paying the bill and others making excuses for their bad behavior. The TEA Party embraces those ideals. They (we) realize that we have compromised to the point that our back is at the edge of the cliff. There is no way to back up further. The only way left is to go forward. Do you call that “getting everything you want?” If you do, so be it. As for me, there is no more retreat. Were I in Mississippi, I’d look at Cochran and McDaniel precisely in that light and vote accordingly. (Speaking of reading, I’m a new “convert” to the principles stated in “The Creature from Jekyll Island.” Man, have my eyes been opened! If you care about fiscal responsibility, and you haven’t read the book, I suggest that you do so.)

          • Pragmatic Conservative

            The problem with the Tea Party isn’t its basic principles of less government, more personal responsibility, lower taxes, etc. It’s with the strategies the Tea Party embraces in search of these goals. Government shutdowns, impeachment threats, attacking fellow conservatives for not being “pure enough,” etc. alienate the voting public and lead to more liberals getting elected. This is not helpful to anyone.
            You have to look at this through the eyes of the average American (not those who are strongly politically motivated). Extremist liberals are perceived as saying “we are going to give you everything” while extremist conservatives come across as saying “we are going to take everything away.” Is it any wonder that the liberals keep winning?
            If you want to change America, then you need to change the hearts and minds of the people. You will never do that by trying to force your views on them (as the Tea Party is clearly trying to do in Congress). You have to convince them of the correctness of your argument. Conservative principles inherently appeal to most people who want to be free, but the GOP needs to do a better job of communicating how those principles help people more than liberal handouts. If the Tea Party continues it’s attitude of “I’m right so shut up and do what I tell you” then it will never accomplish anything (besides helping liberals continue to run the country into the ground).

          • abinc

            Here in the San Fernando Valley, CA, I see none of the attitudes that you describe among the TEA Party Patriots. I do see very thoughtful people who are disgusted with the main-stream Republicans who appear to be just a different shade of liberal Democrat. Of the Dems themselves, they have an agenda that I characterize as unAmerican in the extreme. I appreciate your comments because if that IS how TEA party is perceived around the country, then their message needs to be retuned — badly.

    • lgotyg

      The will of the people???…………the Establishment in Mississippi must realize that 50 percent of the people in this election were against them….and the Establishment in the country must realize that a large part of their party are very conservative and can not be written off. (Or crushed as McConnell said). Yes, we might have lost this election (time will tell)….But, I would not call it “winning FAIR and square”…It is unethical when a campaign lies, uses race baiting and smears a candidate, the way the Cochran campaign did….I take this personally…if, I had been running for office, the Cochran folks would have lied and smeared me, also..You have to think about the contempt these people feel for others in their party that have a different view. I can’t support someone that would stoop to such low and dishonest tactics; even if they are from the same Party that I have supported all my life. And, I am NO hypocrite and I definitely do have respect for the rule of law.

      • Pragmatic Conservative

        If you have respect for the rule of law, will you accept a legal determination that Cochran’s victory was just (if and when such a determination is made)?
        You are correct that lying about and smearing a candidate is unethical. I do not condone any candidate taking such steps. Will you similarly reject the lying and smearing of candidates by Tea Partiers who falsely accuse Republicans of supporting Obamacare and helping Democrats simply because they won’t embrace Tea Party tactics that are destined to fail and damage the party?
        As for contempt, have you heard a Tea Partier describe any Republican they deem to be insufficiently conservative? The rhetoric from the extreme right goes way beyond contempt.
        We all need to come together as a party to stop the liberal agenda. We can’t do that, however, when the Tea Party spends all its time and resources attacking every Republican that won’t bow down and kiss Ted Cruz’s ring. The issue is far bigger than this election, it’s about whether or not we can agree on 80% of our issues and work together on those, rather than constantly fight over the 20% in which we have some disagreement. So far, it’s entirely the Tea Party that is preventing us from working on the 80%.

        • lgotyg

          I will definitely accept a legal affirmation of the Senate race.. I do believe all of the voting records should be available to those challenging the vote before the outcome is decided…Some of the counties are not being cooperative…they should just open up the books and get this over with…The Tea Party might be 20 % of the country, but Tea Party or not 49% voted for McDaniel and they might have a hard time coming together as a party when people like McConnell say they will crush part of their own party or when Republican candidates call their Republican opponents racist and they are smeared with ridiculous accusations that only uneducated people would believe… Even if the Establishment doesn’t agree with the more conservative part of the party, it is going to be hard to win national elections without them .I have voted all my life Republican, I have voted for Senator Cochran every time he has run; except this last time…But, if I am too extreme because I am for balancing the budget, against Illegal immigrants coming into our country; less government involved in people’s lives, etc.then I guess I am part of the Tea Party 20%. With the primary winning candidate, I would never cross over and vote Democrat….but the bullying, race-baiting, etc have just left a very bad taste in my mouth. And,I really hope I can overcome it by November.

        • Keith

          It’s hard to decry lies with lies. Republicans, and most Tea Partiers, did support Obamacare for 20yrs (I’ve read the 1989 Heritage Foundation paper by Stuart Butler) for the very same reasons we liberals consider it a step in the right direction and especially for the reason we opposed it. The “liberal agenda” as you put it is to return America to a leading position in the healthcare rankings amongst industrialized nations instead of the 36th position we are currently in. Obamacare leaves a profit driven middleman between us and our doctors when there shouldn’t be one nor any need for one. Their desire for profits comes before compensation for the doctors and before the ability of Americans to pay the difference. Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Partiers believe high corporate profits come first, we liberals believe patient care comes first.

          • Pragmatic Conservative

            Conservatives did not support Obamacare for 20 years. They supported an individual mandate, as enacted in MA, that required people to take care of themselves, but did not spell out every detail of how they had to do it. It also established a system in which those who could not afford insurance would be helped to get it. What it did not do is greatly expand the government bureaucracy as does Obamacare.
            The liberal agenda is to ignore basic economic principles and create a nanny state that takes care of everyone from cradle to grave so that they bear no responsibility for their own personal well being. Conservatives have no qualms about helping those who are truly in need (as evidenced by numerous studies showing that conservatives give far more to charity than liberals), what we object to is taking responsibility away from people so that they become reliant on the State.
            And no, we do not put corporations ahead of people. We do, however, recognize that creating a massive regulatory regime that makes it impossible for corporations to make a profit stifles the entrepreneurship and innovation which are necessary for a healthy economy.

  • Jack

    I wish McDaniel luck. He was obviously rail-roaded by the GOP ESTABLISHMENT RINOS.

    • mabramso

      Not sure what you mean. McDaniel lost because he was out-flanked at the last minute by a brilliant piece of strategy by the Cochran campaign.

  • Evony Master

    Mississippi was the “shot heard round the GOP.” The establishment simultaneously declared war on their own party and proved what we have been saying about them for years, that they are RINOS.
    Let’s not forget, McConnell and others fund raised for Cochran. Let’s not forget that they implored Cochran to run again rather then retire even though this is(now was) a safe GOP seat and McDaniel had it hands down regardless.
    The establishment has abandoned our principles, it’s time to replace them by any legal means necessary, including voting democrat to break the power structure they have established.

    • lgotyg

      I agree with most of your statement….But I won’t vote Democrat….I’m kind of in a quandary. If my own party calls me a racist, radical, and makes me out to be a villain, how can I vote for them? I have never not voted, but I don’t see how I can vote for someone that has been so disrespectful to me and my views.

      • mabramso

        Kind of like Romney and his 47% statement? It was disrespectful too, and people stayed home. We all know how that turned out and are paying a steep price — 4 more years of Obama.

    • daddyoyo

      I agree 100%. Do what you have to do in November but don’t vote for the cheating Rinos. Tell all your friends.

      • opinionated1234

        DO NOT VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT….EVEN A RINO IS PREFERRABLE TO HARRY REID! WE NEED THE SENATE!

  • Layla

    If they have not been provided full access, that is against the law and under those circumstances, a runoff should be repeated.

    If it takes every dime belonging to every American citizen, we will prove to Congress, and our elected officials that you are NOT above the law, anywhere.

    • mabramso

      Not a dime from me! :-)

  • boonhoggenbeck1

    McDaniels has lost all credibility. He lost, Cochran won. He should sit down and shut up. Even the tea people have abandoned him. He is now pathetic.

  • dpcesq

    Let’s assume for the sake of argument, he finds seven thousand “crossover” votes. Ballots are secret, how does he prove that enough of those people voted against him to affect the outcome? He can’t. Quit whining and admit that you were an amateur who was defeated by a pro.

    • mabramso

      That’s why he is asking for a do-over, which I think is absurd.

  • teapartyidiots

    This nonsense is going to give Childers an opening, I swear.

    • daddyoyo

      Hopefully. Tea party idiots certainly are dumb enough to stay home in November out of spite.

      • mabramso

        I imagine some will stay home, but many will vote because they don’t want Reid controlling the Senate. And that will be enough for Cochran to win in such a red state.

  • calling all toasters

    McDaniel’s flack: “I know there’s several thousand that are absolutely ineligible voters.”

    Here’s what I know, Mr. Tyner: once McDaniel gives up, we’re going to find out that the number was more like several dozen, or just several.

    • mabramso

      Actually, I bet it will be more than that, but nowhere near 6700.

      • calling all toasters

        It might be more. It doesn’t even really matter. The number of cases of actual voter fraud will, of course, be zero. But there will undoubtedly be name misspellings and the like, which will be blown up as some huge scandal.

  • buttholepunch

    What a damn crybaby

  • Tim Tonole

    The paid posters are out in force – Cochran has the whole Washington establishment behind him – a substantial portion of the PACs supporting him are washed Democrat money.

    One has to ask why the Democrats are supporting him

    • calling all toasters

      The Democratic politicians would have much rather faced McDaniel. But fantasize on: reality is not your friend.

  • mabramso

    So, assuming that the gap is exactly 6700, what happens if they find 6701 votes that were illegal. There is no way to know who they voted for. And there is no way EVERY illegal vote went to Cochran. This is a lost cause.

  • opinionated1234

    I think you protest too much! If there is no proof of voter fraud then there is no problem….correct? Why are you protesting? Why not wait to see what they find and if there was voter fraud, which I think you all believe there was, then they will do another runoff! Haley Barbour and his corrupt nephews used underhanded methods to win….I have read everything about this case and based on the fact that Newsmax just listed Mississippi as the #1 corrupt state, I say there is a good chance they will find corruption!
    Without the Democratic vote, 26,000 more republican voters cast their vote for McDaniel. His party spoke 2 times! I understand that Democrats can vote because of MS election rules but this is a primary to determine the party’s choice and clearly the party made a choice…..Cochran and the corrupt Barbour’s didn’t want to accept losing their prop! If he wins they can trot him out every time they need a vote, pass go and collect $$$$ from the Chamber of Commerce. Cochrans vote is worth money and they can just tell him how to vote …..no argument!

  • welcometo1984

    Er no. The bar for a do-over on a authenticated election result is high.

    It’s no good simply creating a controversy and spreading allegations and then saying ok, this is tainted, let’s start again…especially if you are the candidate that lost.

  • welcometo1984

    There are ballot rules that all candidates abide by when they sign up to run.
    Being that if your opponent has a majority, it is beholden on you to prove that said majority is only as large as the amount of illegitimate votes you find. Otherwise the result stands and you are not getting a do-over.
    Individual voter fraud should never go unpunished but it does not automatically trigger a new election. Otherwise it would behove every candidate to have some easily provable voter fraud in the bag in order to trigger a new election in the case of their defeat.

  • Rufus Peebody

    Slowing the rise of the oceans? In this video we find that the Obama regime isn’t even capable of building a functional website: http://youtu.be/d4eM8-RafyE

  • ptamomfrommaryland

    All I know is that after hearing the results of this race and the types of efforts that Cochran and some national Republicans used in the campaign, I could not get to my computer fast enough to unsubscribe from all of my RNC, NRCC and NRSC emails.

    After over 20 years of supporting these organizations $25, $50, $100 at a time resulting in thousands of dollars, it broke my heart to do this, but I can’t describe the anger I feel at their over the top, at all costs, support of candidates like Cochran who appear to be so entrenched in the “spend the country into oblivion” mindset, that they couldn’t change gears now if they wanted to. After 36 years in the Senate, 6 years in the House? how can any one think that such a person has any interests in solving the problems of today that they helped to create.

    When I received a fundraising call from the NRCC the next day or so, I asked to have my name removed from their calling list. Yes, it was the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) that supported Cochran, but I don’t want to ever give any money to the national Republican groups again.

    No worries, we are not that well off. Our small amounts of money can’t possibly be missed. The Barbour’s, the Mc’Connell’s, the McCain’s, the Romney’s, all have plenty of money and can self fund the campaigns without their lifestyles taking a hit.

    I drove around in a 14 year old car, my kids have never been to Disney, we sacrificed to give, which makes me the fool.

  • Meteorologist Jason Scott

    LOL, Man he is crazy as he looks in that picture….. Not NO but HELL NO ~~~~~ We had an election and you lost with over 10,000 votes ….. Go and get a job man !!

  • Calvinius

    I’m not really up on Mississippi election law, but I really doubt there’s any provision for redoing the election. I’ve never heard of any state allowing for such a thing.

  • John Kenner

    In a collectivist system, those chosen to try new things are selected according to the political whims of centralized authorities.

  • Ann Iston

    Since our primitive collective instincts were entrenched in our ancestors many years ago, they tend to be unsuited for today’s civilization.

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