Open thread: Cochrandämmerung; Update: Cochran wins? Update: McDaniel closing; Update: AP calls it for Cochran

posted at 7:21 pm on June 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

McConnell versus Bevin was supposed to be the big establishment/tea party war this year but McConnell turned it into a rout weeks before election day. Brat versus Cantor ended up being a rout for the tea party but that result caught everyone by surprise, including tea partiers. Tonight’s the first and last campaign of the season where both sides have gone all in — the 2008 GOP ticket is on opposite sides — and the outcome’s in doubt as voters go to the polls. If McDaniel wins, it’ll be just the third time a Republican incumbent’s been bounced in a primary since 2009. If Cochran wins, it’ll be … depressing.

If you need a quickie primer on this race, take three minutes to sift through last night’s Quotes of the Day. Senate Republicans have ante’d up for Cochran knowing that a loss makes it more likely that they’ll be primaried too. Most polls show McDaniel ahead, two of them by eight points or more, but (a) none of those polls was taken by a major nonpartisan pollster and (b) Cochran’s last-ditch strategy involves turning out Democrats, an X factor that wouldn’t show up in surveys of the GOP electorate in Mississippi. So long as you didn’t vote in the Democratic primary earlier this month, you’re eligible to vote in tonight’s GOP runoff — regardless of party registration. That’s why Cochran’s campaign, backed by the GOP establishment inside and outside of Mississippi, has doubled down on calling McDaniel an “extremist.” Most people thought they’d take it easy on McD in the runoff for fear of badly wounding a guy whom they’ll probably be stuck with as their nominee. Instead, Cochran went scorched-earth on him, hoping to convince Dems (especially black Democrats) that McDaniel represents racist tea partiers who’d surely choke off the federal spending that the state’s subsisted on for decades. Harry Enten:

Cochran has made a concerted effort to reach out to African-Americans, who make up 37 percent of Mississippi’s population, although usually less than 5 percent of Republican primary voters.

In most other states, Cochran’s effort might seem odd. Why would Democratic-leaning voters want to choose the Republican candidate who hasn’t won less than 60 percent of the vote in any of his five previous re-election campaigns? Because the chances of a Democratic victory in the fall are slim, no matter whom Republicans nominate. Mississippi’s electorate is inelastic. As I have previously noted, 80 percent of white voters in the state are likely to vote Republican. And because whites make up the majority of voters, Democrats have a narrow path to victory.

Cochran is hoping that black voters recognize this and show up at the polls. If they do, it will be most obvious in Holmes County (to the north of the capital city of Jackson) and Claiborne and Jefferson counties (which are to the southwest).

Obvious strategic dilemma for Dems: Would your nominee stand a real chance against McDaniel in the fall, or are you doomed to lose in a state this red and therefore are better off losing to Cochran? Some black pastors have settled on the latter view. The obvious strategic dilemma for Republicans is what happens to turnout in the fall after a race this nasty, especially if Cochran ends up winning on the strength of Democratic support. Would tea partiers stay home rather than vote for a nominee chosen by the other party? Would Cochran voters stay home if McDaniel ends up winning because they refuse to support an “extremist”? The Democratic nominee in Mississippi this year is an underdog but not a pushover. And an awful lot of money’s been spent making hard feelings in the losing camp tonight even harder.

Polls close in Mississippi at 8 p.m. ET. You can follow results at RCP, Politico, or my election site of choice, Ace’s Decision Desk. The only other major race tonight is in New York, where another congressional dinosaur’s resisting extinction caused by demographic shifts in his district. Rangel’s been in the House since 1971; he just turned 84 years old; there’s zero chance he’ll be back in the majority and chairing a committee in the near future. You would think he’d be ready for retirement, but lifers like him and Cochran cling to their seats out of pride and because influential friends don’t want to have their influence diminished, not because there’s any legislative work that they feel is unfinished. It’s grotesque, but that’s American democracy for you until we get our act together on term limits. The polls in New York close at 9 p.m. ET.

Update: Prediction:

Update: Hmmmm.

Update: Will it really be over tonight?

Update: Still very early at 9 p.m. ET, but the Decision Desk sees hope for the incumbent:

Also this:

Update: I thought the chances of Dems turning out in numbers for Cochran were low, but maybe not:

McDaniel’s strongest counties, including and especially Jones, haven’t come in yet so he’ll gain on Cochran soon. But by how much?

Update: A little good news for the challenger:

Update: It’s Cochran’s night — so far.

Update: Keep hope alive, McDaniel fans:

Update: Jones County will need to come up very big for McDaniel:

Update: Two-thirds of Jones County is now in. McDaniel leads big, but not big enough:

Update: Food for thought:

Update: The Decision Desk has seen enough:

Let’s see how long it takes MSM outlets to follow suit.

Update: Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report follows suit:

Update: Wow:

Update: Still a glimmer of hope for McD fans?

Update: Now Wasserman’s having second thoughts:

Update: Down to the wire:

Amazingly, turnout tonight has surpassed turnout in the first primary election three weeks ago. That’s how hot this race was.

Update: McDaniel’s close, but maybe not close enough:

Update: Running out of time…

Update: The AP throws in the towel:

Three cheers for earmarks!

Update: Double wow — Cochran’s Democratic strategy worked like a charm:

Does this mean red-state Dems like Landrieu and Pryor have a better shot than everyone thinks?


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If turnout is up in Jones County, there’s still a road to a McDaniel victory

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Third Party Dead Ahead:

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 3m

RT @JillDLawrence: RT @JohnJHarwood Sarah Palin, on @FoxNews, agrees with Hannity it may be time for conservatives to go 3rd party

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

The Democrat nominee in Miss will win BIG. And we should ALWAYS REMIND Karl ROVE that his wing voted for a racist bigot guy in Miss. He will say a racist and a bigot comment cause he can’t help it his mind is not working all that well. He will revolt back to his 20 year self.

BroncosRock on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Don’t ever pull the lever for a demorat, don’t be complicit in their destruction of this nation. You have other choices, don’t vote or write in someone if you have to, but don’t pull the lever for that human trash.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

You make the mistake in thinking there is a difference.

tetriskid on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

It guarantees single-party rule exactly as being demonstrated tonight in MS …

ShainS on June 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Ding! Ding!

That’s correct!

“[Political parties] are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

George Washington
Farewell Speech circa. 1796

yaedon on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

If I were a MS resident I’d either stay home in Nov or vote D. Screw the Establishment and Haley Barbour. Deny that fat SOB the opportunity to appoint Cochran’s replacement.

This is going to erupt in war between conservatives and the Establishment.

Charlemagne on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Recount….recount…I want a recount…

William Eaton on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Cochran at 50.4%. Up by 2,584 votes

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

LilyBart on June 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

There have been updates.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

If Cochran wins, I will not pull the lever for him in November.

kingsjester on June 24, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Me, neither. We should get together sometime. I can probably see your house from here.

yaedon on June 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Great, you are going to help keep Harry Reid because you are butthurt. This is why conservatives can’t have nice things.

V7_Sport on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

McDaniel has to challenge the results if he loses by such a small margin. There are most likely thousands of dems who weren’t eligible to vote in the runoff.

Wigglesworth on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Politico has Cochran with only a 2,584 vote lead with 86.6% reporting.

McDaniel is catching up.

wren on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

What happens in a “run-off” if the candidates finish within a milli-percentile of each other?

listens2glenn on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Look at the county map, and still try this “it was black voters” crap…

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

What makes you think? Just how do you think people are going to be enthusiastic to get out and vote for Beauprez?

Sure, he talks small government just like all the GOPe D-Lite (R)’s, but in reality he’s another GOPe, big government, Progressive (R).

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM

It’s an off-year election, which traditionally favors Republican. If Tancredo had gotten the nomination, it would have mobilized the Democratic base since he’s a polarizing figure. It’s said that Gardner campaign was hoping that anyone BUT Tancredo would get the nomination.

GOPRanknFile on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

This race is close enough that McDaniel should sue to ensure that every single voters’ eligibility is validated.

Robert_Paulson on June 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

He’s lawyered up for just that reason, in case it’s close.

kakypat on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

J.B. Say on June 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Forgive me if I don’t wish to fly w/ a bunch of terrorist wannabees.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

The Mississippi law Adams cites, MS Code 23-15-575, states: “No person shall be eligible to participate in any primary election unless he intends to support the nominations made in which he participates.”

“Mississippi law prohibits Democrats from voting in a Republican primary,” Adams said in an emailed statement. “Obviously poll workers aren’t mind readers. But if someone doesn’t intend to support the nominee in November, then that person isn’t allowed to vote in the Republican primary.”

From Slate.com

CW on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

f Cochran wins this race, the GOP is done. They teamed up with Dems to steal a race. Kiss the base goodbye

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Web search indicates Mississippi has a sore loser law.

talkingpoints on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

The same sentiment some voters here in NC have about Ellmers and Tillis.

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

November could be interesting in South Carolina. Due to the need to elect someone to fill the remainder of Jim DeMint’s term, which Tim Scott was appointed to in the interim, we will be voting for both Senate seats at once. I’m hoping that Lindsey Graham suffers the embarassment of getting considerably less votes than his counterpart.

backwoods conservative on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Third Party Dead Ahead:

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 3m

RT @JillDLawrence: RT @JohnJHarwood Sarah Palin, on @FoxNews, agrees with Hannity it may be time for conservatives to go 3rd party

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

When a doofus GOP shill like Hannity is thinking about jumping ship…there may be hope yet.

William Eaton on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Cochran’s margin was large in some Delta counties, but he lost others. Also the turnout in the delta, with 100% reporting in those counties accounted for under 10,000 votes. Sorry guys. But blaming black voters isn’t going to work this time.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

We’re blaming Democrats. Actually, I’m blaming Republicans too. Haley Barbour and Cochran’s staff, to be precise.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

There were reports earlier tonight on the #mssen twitter feed that some of the precincts in MS didn’t clear their voter logs, so some of the Dem votes won’t be legit. If it’s close at all, I wonder in McDaniel will pursue that?

lineholder on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM


Regardless of whether it is close
… McDaniel should do everything possible to get a recount.

A lot of the Democratic voters tonight will turn out to have voted in the earlier primary as Democrats.

And anyone documenting that fact will be called a RAAAACIST!!!

by the GOPe.

PolAgnostic on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Recent returns have been weaker for Cochran. It’s coming down to the exact details.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

McDaniel has to challenge the results if he loses by such a small margin. There are most likely thousands of dems who weren’t eligible to vote in the runoff.

Wigglesworth on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

.
Dittos

listens2glenn on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

And you guys wonder why Republicans keep losing elections?

It’s the capitulation, stu…boys and girls. The capitulation..and the corruption and the lack of conviction and….

newtopia on June 24, 2014 at 10:12 PM

They have conviction. It’s for K street, Karl Rove and their other donors. It’s all about money and power. The GOP establishment doesn’t care about those of us fighting the good fight on main street U.S.A. trying to survive. We are a nation of Corporatists and welfare receipients. If you aren’t in either of those groups, you’re ‘racist’ and will be marginalized.

Corporal Tunnel on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

The same sentiment I have about Lindsey Graham.

backwoods conservative on June 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

And the same I have for John Cornyn.

TxAnn56 on June 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Sport, Cicero ‘ s tactics in this race shows me that he does not deserve my vote.

kingsjester on June 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Cochran’s lead is 3,341 on RCP with 84% reporting.

Wigglesworth on June 24, 2014 at 10:13 PM

2584 with 87% reporting.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

CO-Gov called for Bob Beauprez at 30.7% with 70% in.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

V7_Sport on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Conservatives can’t have nice things because of the GOPe.

Charlemagne on June 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Only way McDaniel can win is a huge vote surge in Jones County…which is possible.

sentinelrules on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

It guarantees single-party rule exactly as being demonstrated tonight in MS …

ShainS on June 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

The GOP leadership knows the bigger the government the more power they have. They don’t really care about Conservative ideology. They just have to act like they care as long as those that challenge that love of big government don’t really obtain power.

CW on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Don’t ever pull the lever for a demorat, don’t be complicit in their destruction of this nation. You have other choices, don’t vote or write in someone if you have to, but don’t pull the lever for that human trash.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Great advice, as always, Bishop.

I couldn’t vote for any D even if someone was holding a gun to my head … just contrary to my DNA.

ShainS on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

What makes you think? Just how do you think people are going to be enthusiastic to get out and vote for Beauprez?

Sure, he talks small government just like all the GOPe D-Lite (R)’s, but in reality he’s another GOPe, big government, Progressive (R).

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Also, let’s not forget that Tancredo lost the primary to Beauprez tonight, so it’s not like the Republican voters were that excited to vote for Tancredo anyway.

GOPRanknFile on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

There are a lot of votes left in Jones County.

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I think you Offended rubberneck…

ToddPA on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I want my melting bunny.

AUINSC on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

That’s Cochran. Darn phone

kingsjester on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

McDaniel should contest this if he loses and see to it that every single Democratic vote be thrown out if those Dem votes already voted in the primary. There will be a few thousand of them. Then knock off the voters who were paid to vote for Cochran or get a massive voter fraud thing going…

gracie on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Cochran now with a 4,238 vote lead.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Sbe told us her name. I assumed it was ok to use. It’s a nice name. KCB on June 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

You can use other names. Some fit better than others.

If you can get them past the filter.

wolly4321 on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I have seen very little point in voting since Clinton and the GOP passed NAFTA,GATT and Chinese admission to the WTO. Confirmed what I already knew but didn’t want to admit. Pulling the lever now is really a form of self stim while they peep at you from behind the curtain and laugh. I think I’m done.

bluesdoc70 on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Great, you are going to help keep Harry Reid because you are butthurt. This is why conservatives can’t have nice things.

V7_Sport on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Ah, here’s the “party unity” brigade. Vote for the guy that explicitly campaigned to Democrats/campaigned on being a pork barreler? Sure, that’ll fix the country!

Good Solid B-Plus on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Cochran’s margin was large in some Delta counties, but he lost others. Also the turnout in the delta, with 100% reporting in those counties accounted for under 10,000 votes. Sorry guys. But blaming black voters isn’t going to work this time.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

We’re blaming Democrats. Actually, I’m blaming Republicans too. Haley Barbour and Cochran’s staff, to be precise.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM


See what happens when you feed a troll
… who can’t do MATH?

PolAgnostic on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

yaedon on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

It’s as if G. Washington was a screen writer for House of Cards.

newtopia on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

We’re blaming Democrats. Actually, I’m blaming Republicans too. Haley Barbour and Cochran’s staff, to be precise.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I was going to say …who turned this into a black thing? Oh yeh….the race baiter.

CW on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

TxAnn56 on June 24, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Seconded on Cornyn.
*I’m proud to say that I was among a handful of delegates who booed ‘John’ at state convention.*

annoyinglittletwerp on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

#WarOnGOP

faraway on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Deny it all you want, there are many links in this post that says otherwise.

Barred on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

2014 US elections
3m
Former US Rep. Bob Beauprez wins Republican primary election for Colorado governor – @AP

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

When a doofus GOP shill like Hannity is thinking about jumping ship…there may be hope yet.
William Eaton on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Hannity just says whatever is trendy to say. Right after the 2012 election, he announced he had “evolved” toward supporting illegal alien amnesty. Not principled.

bluegill on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 47s

89% reporting and it’s Cochran 50.7%, McDaniel 49.3%. ~4000 vote margin

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Should McDaniel voters turn out for the Democrat in Nov to strike back at the Establishment? I’d be tempted.

Charlemagne on June 24, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Without the black Democrat turnout, McDaniel would have won by 10,000+ votes. Cochran won Hinds County (a predominately black county) by approximately 10,000 votes.

bw222 on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I don’t agree with libfree on most things, but at least he/she appears to be a sincere commenter who is part of the discussions

Agreed, sincere AND substantive, that’s libfree:

Hahahahahahaha, Jesus, you people are idiots.

libfreeordie on June 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Now run down to the well and tell Pa that supper’s liable to be cold as a stone, he don’t get back from the well in time.

libfreeordie on February 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Cochran’s margin was large in some Delta counties, but he lost others. Also the turnout in the delta, with 100% reporting in those counties accounted for under 10,000 votes. Sorry guys. But blaming black voters isn’t going to work this time.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Listen you dumb Fluking piece of shiite, point to a single comment where someone blamed blacks. You’re a turd for brains, and you prove it with EVERY. SINGLE. COMMENT. you make. It must be nice being so incredibly ignorant and stupid that you do not realize just how ignorant and stupid you are.

Here’s a simple question for you. Which of the founding fathers did not subscribe to the communitarian ethos Calhoun deploys to rationalize slavery? *sets sundial*

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM

None. They weren’t nascent Commies like John C. Calhoun, and full blown Commies like you. Don’t you think you need to provide some proof for such a ridiculous smear there Mr. Calhoun? You’re a history perfesser, right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Oh dear God….hold on, give me 10 minutes.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

NotCoach on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Look at the county map, and still try this “it was black voters” crap…
libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Now you’re boring. Repetitive and boring.

Take your racist BS and pee off.

Pee. Off.

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

In primary, McDaniel won combined Hinds-Jones by 3929 votes. Now, Cochran winning them 4456 votes.

Yeah, *that* doesn’t smell funny.

Midas on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Why is Cheney on Fox every day now?

MGardner on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

It’s said that Gardner campaign was hoping that anyone BUT Tancredo would get the nomination.

GOPRanknFile on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

That says everything you need to know about Gardner: he’s a snake. Tancredo is a patriot.

When Beauprez AND Gardner lose, I’ll have a good laugh.

Ted the Average on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Dear Hot Air:

Why have an Open Thread if you don’t post any comments to the thread?

Did you all go to bed?

Weak!

LilyBart on June 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Don’t sweat it, LilyFart. There are nearly 1200 comments for you to sift through.

And we regulars know the drill: who puts the chairs upside down on the tables, who wipes the bar and polishes the glasses, who sweeps and who mops, and most importantly, who turns out the lights and licks the door.

The last two are the most important but the least used. There’s always somebody around, even after Newtie and the Beauty stops slidin’ thirst quenchers and nerve settlers.

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Seconded on Cornyn.
*I’m proud to say that I was among a handful of delegates who booed ‘John’ at state convention.*

annoyinglittletwerp on June 24, 2014 at 10:20 PM

You go girl!!

TxAnn56 on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

NY-1 called for Lee Zeldin at 62.8% with 87.5% in.

Cochran now with a 4,565 vote lead.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

#LooksLikeGOPMayBeGoingThirdPartyCan’tTakeAnyMoreStupid
(snark)

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

It really wouldn’t, but okay. search again

Actually, it really would-I’ve already looked, there’s no need for me to do again lol. And, okay. =)

Actually, a searchthat kind of “paid commenting” is advertising. Libfree isn’t advertising. If he was, he actually would be banned, since that’s a pretty egregious violation of the ToS.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 24, 2014 at 10:06 PM

Not interested in arguing with you about it. And let’s see if Ed agrees that the admitted trolling libfree recently did of him is ok with him.

non-nonpartisan on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

For some reason, I have to post to see anything posted after 9:09 pm eastern

so here goes….

LilyBart on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Jones County has been at 68% of the precincts reporting for quite a while. DeSoto hasn’t finished reporting, either.

kakypat on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

What’s the name of the new democrat senator from MS?

bluesdoc70 on June 24, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Thad Cochran

bimmcorp on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

but for the love of our country DON’T FAIL TO SHOW UP.

listens2glenn on June 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Oh, I won’t fail to show. And I will write in McDaniel just to prove my point. The GOPe CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH THIS DESPICABLE BEHAVIOUR!

We’ve let the Dems have a hand in selecting our last two GOP Presidential candidates. Now the GOPe was SOLICITING the Dems’ help to select the MS GOP Senate candidate.

THEY. WILL. PAY.

yaedon on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Hannity just says whatever is trendy to say. Right after the 2012 election, he announced he had “evolved” toward supporting illegal alien amnesty. Not principled.

bluegill on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

First off Hannity isn’t that bright. He recites GOP talking points memos.

bw222 on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Not interested in arguing with you about it. And let’s see if Ed agrees that the admitted trolling libfree recently did of him is ok with him.

My trolling of Ed? Receipts please.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

The crap the Vichy Republicans pulled in this will cost them. Dearly.

kingsjester on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

*************** HELL-FIRE InComing *********************

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 41s

Now 92% in, Cochran leads by ~4500 votes

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

RCP but still not called.

Mississippi U.S. Senate (R) Post Results to Twitter (92%)
Candidates Votes Percent
Cochran 158,660 50.7
McDaniel 154,095 49.3

CW20 on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Don’t ever pull the lever for a demorat, don’t be complicit in their destruction of this nation. You have other choices, don’t vote or write in someone if you have to, but don’t pull the lever for that human trash.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

Sorry Bishop, it is a little too late for that now.

Take a look around and see how this once-great country of ours is falling apart. A President run amok and refusing to uphold our laws and our elected representatives REFUSING to fight.

But when we try to get people who will FIGHT in there, the Establishment goes all out to “crush” them.

So why bother?

Obviously, the GOP Establishment prefer Democrats to small Govt. conservatives and willingly form alliances with them to beat back conservative challengers.

So now we simply pay them back in the same coin.

We will also deny the power-hungry GOP Establishment a seat at the table by voting for their Democrat opponents in the fall.

What difference, at this point, does it make?

TheRightMan on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Rude!

LilyBart on June 24, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Article V Convention of the States. It’s the only way to strip the power from DC that the GOPe so aggressively pursues.

Charlemagne on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Hahahahahahaha, Jesus, you people are idiots.

libfreeordie on June 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Now run down to the well and tell Pa that supper’s liable to be cold as a stone, he don’t get back from the well in time.

libfreeordie on February 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:21 PM

More proof Bluegill is a liar.

CW on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

*smooooch!*

Newtie and the Beauty on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I guess that picture of all the members of Congress holding hands wasn’t as creepy as everyone thought.

Cindy Munford on June 24, 2014 at 10:08 PM

No. It’s creepier because it’s real.

Congress has an us against “them” mentality, with the voters being “them”.

talkingpoints on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

TxAnn56 on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

John also had some delegates who were heckling him. Heheheh.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

But blaming black voters isn’t going to work this time.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Black voters are the only kind of voters that wear their partisan affiliation with statistically reliable (>95%) accuracy.

That’s not entirely fair to black Democrats as white Democrats presumably turned out in similar numbers, but there you go. We’re not arguing for race-based anything here, we’re just noting the fact that Democrats DID turn out for Cochran, as they were urged to do by the GOP Elite, as evidenced by the black voters who are statistically the most reliably partisan descriptor in the country besides “Democrat” and “Republican.”

Exactly what else are you suggesting with your trolling? That GOP primary voters had a change of heart in that rogue blue state Mississippi?

HitNRun on June 24, 2014 at 10:24 PM

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Cochran gained over the primary a net of ~5,000 votes from Hinds County, which is the largest by population in the state and which is 70% African-American. That’s pretty much the margin of the election so far. That’s just one county. Cochran also uniformly increased his performance in Delta counties. There is no debate about this: Black voters have given Cochran a critical boost.

Robert_Paulson on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Look at the county map, and still try this “it was black voters” crap…

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:17 PM

It doesn’t matter what color the voters were. If Cochran won because of Dem votes, it just proves what a lot of people already knew: In practice, there’s really just one political party, The Washington Establishment, and their primary concern is and always will be their sinecures, followed by their cushy post-Congress lobbying jobs or collecting massive speaking fees. Neither party cares about its base, outside of squeezing votes out of them.

So yeah, what’s our gameplan here?

Good Solid B-Plus on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Cochran with a 4,773 vote lead

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

That says everything you need to know about Gardner: he’s a snake. Tancredo is a patriot.

When Beauprez AND Gardner lose, I’ll have a good laugh.

Ted the Average on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

This is just what’s been said by politicos. Who knows if Gardner actually feels this way, so let’s not hold it against him or his campaign. Tancredo is a good guy, but the CO Republicans have made their voices clear, and they chose Beauprez. Best of luck to both Beauprez and Gardner.

GOPRanknFile on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Thad needs to go…

sorrowen on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Cochran is gaining votes in the Delta, but he’s running behind his June 3 performance in the northeast and most other non-Delta counties. In two counties (Wilkinson and Amite) in the SW of the state where results are in, McDaniel won with larger percentages and higher turnouts than on June 3. When Jones and DeSoto start reporting large numbers, Thad’s lead will evaporate. It will be close, but as of now I think McDaniel wins by 1-3 points.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381162/looking-good-mcdaniel-henry-olsen

Raquel Pinkbullet on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

McDaniel needs a vote surge in remaining DeSoto and Jones counties.

Still possible.

sentinelrules on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

who turns out the lights and licks the door.

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

? Sucks getting the short straw I guess.

Flange on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I’m blaming Haley Barbour and his band of henchmen for using Dems to win a GOP primary….his candidate won’t serve more than two years and the machine will pick the next Senator from MS. I won’t vote for Cochran again.

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Dear Hot Air:

Why have an Open Thread if you don’t post any comments to the thread?

Did you all go to bed?

Weak!

LilyBart on June 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

LilyBart: I post Breaking News,..when On Topic and related,….say whats!!

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

If Cochran wins, I will not pull the lever for him in November.

kingsjester on June 24, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Me, neither. We should get together sometime. I can probably see your house from here.

yaedon on June 24, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Great, you are going to help keep Harry Reid because you are butthurt. This is why conservatives can’t have nice things.

V7_Sport on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Exactly how does voting for Chocran further the Conservative cause? Continually voting the lesser of two evils only guarantees you an evil to vote for. The GOP has done exactly jack sh** in accordance with my political beliefs. I wouldn’t vote for a Chocran and I won’t vote for a Jeb.

M240H on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Cochran’s margin was large in some Delta counties, but he lost others. Also the turnout in the delta, with 100% reporting in those counties accounted for under 10,000 votes. Sorry guys. But blaming black voters isn’t going to work this time.

libfreeordie on June 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM

No they took advantage of a flawed system. Good for them and you. You beat us on our own battlefield. Congrats. You out generalled us or something.

It is the GOP leadership that needs to pay for doing a Benedict Arnold. If I was the British I would have done the same thing.

William Eaton on June 24, 2014 at 10:25 PM

who turns out the lights and licks the door.

The last two are the most important but the least used. There’s always somebody around, even after Newtie and the Beauty stops slidin’ thirst quenchers and nerve settlers.

davidk on June 24, 2014 at 10:22 PM

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I ALWAYS leave while there are 10 regulars left so I don’t have to lick the door.

PolAgnostic on June 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Great, you are going to help keep Harry Reid because you are butthurt. This is why conservatives can’t have nice things.

V7_Sport on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 PM

No, Conservatives can’t have nice things because the GOPe keeps kneecapping them by consorting with Dems and using leftist tactics against Conservatives.

Keep up.

yaedon on June 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Zeke Miller @ZekeJMiller · 1m

Inbox: RGA Chairman Chris Christie Congratulates Bob Beauprez on Colorado Gubernatorial Primary Victory

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Correct. RT @jmartNYT: do you know whose night just got better? Cory Gardner. Tancredo loses gov primary.

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Meanwhile in NY-13, only 12.1% reporting and Espaillat holds a ~600 vote lead

canopfor on June 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

I want my melting bunny.

AUINSC on June 24, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Or how about “The End” by the Doors?

thebrokenrattle on June 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Rangel with only 41.9% right now, 17.4% in.

topdawg on June 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

Black Voters in Mississippi became relevant to MS politics for the first time since forever. Tonight they were king makers.

If you ask for the sale and go to where people live and make your case, people will listen. And sometimes they will vote for you. Well played Cochran. Well played.

The tea party, if they are smart will not challenge this election. I am sure many people showed up to vote after they heard talk of monitors to make sure blacks were not committing fraud. Many blacks saw it as intimidation. So it backfired.

Now this is great for presidential candidates trying to do outreach to black voters. Very encouraging.

coolrepublica on June 24, 2014 at 10:27 PM

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