McDaniel: We’re challenging the election results

posted at 8:01 am on June 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Given the bitter nature of the runoff in Mississippi, this probably surprises no one, but it’s also unlikely to produce any further surprises. After a narrow loss to incumbent Senator Thad Cochran, Chris McDaniel refused to concede last night. Instead, he blasted Cochran’s GOTV strategy and promised a challenge to the results:

State Sen. Chris McDaniel will challenge the results of the Tuesday runoff election where 41-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran won by about 6,400 votes, he announced to a room of supporters here at his victory party at the Hattiesburg Convention Center late Tuesday evening.

“I want to be very, very clear: There is nothing dangerous or extreme about wanting to balance a budget,” McDaniel said in a fiery speech to supporters. There is nothing dangerous or extreme about defending the Constitution or the civil liberties therein. There is nothing strange at all about standing as people of faith for a country that we built, that we believe in. But there is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.” …

“As you know today, folks, there were literally dozens of irregularities reported all across this state,” McDaniel said. “You know why. You read the stories. You’re familiar with the problems that we have. Now it’s our job to make sure that the sanctity of the vote is upheld. Before this race ends, we have to be absolutely certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters. We will stand with courage, we will stand with judgment, we will stand with integrity. This is our fight conservatives. This is necessary. We are not prone to surrender, we Mississippians. A strong and sturdy people we are, a brave people we are, a people that can still lead the conservative revival in this country. We will lead the resurgence. That begins right here in Mississippi.”

Amusingly but also not surprisingly, one of the people urging the challenge is the state Democratic Party chair:

In an interview by phone with Breitbart News late Tuesday evening after the McDaniel headquarters cleared out, state Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole said McDaniel should challenge the election results. “Clearly there was some sloppiness to say the least, and probably some failures to comply with the law,” Cole told Breitbart News.

No doubt Cole would be delighted with anything that keeps the internecine warfare going a little while longer. However, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger throws a little cold water on expectations that a challenge will change anything:

McDaniel in his speech to supporters in Hattiesburg blamed the loss on “liberal Democrats” voting in the GOP primary runoff and said, “now our job is to make sure the sanctity of this vote is upheld, make sure the Republican primary was won by Republican voters.”

Mississippi technically has an open primary system, and no party registration. It also has a statute – considered unenforceable — that says people should not vote in a party primary unless they plan to support the party’s nominee in a general election. This has been the subject of litigation and calls for closed primaries in the past. But Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and others said that only those who voted Democratic on June 3 were prohibited from voting Tuesday.

That statute is unenforceable for good reason. It ignores the fact that the campaign will go on for several months and that more information might make a candidate a lot less attractive, for one thing. People are allowed to change their minds, after all. Besides, how would this get enforced? Ballots in primaries are cast anonymously, and in Mississippi without party registration. Even if they weren’t anonymous, how would a prosecutor go about proving that a particular voter voted for Cochran while absolutely intending to vote for Democratic nominee Travis Childers in November? It’s a foolish statute, and if that’s the basis of the challenge, it will go exactly nowhere.

Even on the nominal issue of irregularities (which occur in every election), this won’t go far anyway. Challenges and recounts usually have a chance only in extremely narrow ranges, and that means vote counts and not percentages. According to AOSHQDD, which shows 99.73% of all precincts reporting in the Mississippi runoff, Cochran has a lead of 7,214 votes, far more than a challenge can be reasonably expected to reverse. In contrast, the Minnesota recount in 2008 involved a shift of less than 600 votes — which produced lots of complaints from Republicans around the country about the scope of those changes as highly improbable at best.

The McDaniel campaign may end up rethinking this promise in the cool light of day. McDaniel has a long career ahead of him in Mississippi, and Cochran doesn’t, this win notwithstanding. Launching a quixotic challenge over party identification in an open primary won’t win McDaniel any love from the Republican Party, and might end up alienating at least a few of those people who saw him as a better alternative to the pork-barrel politics of yesterday that Cochran represents.  Better to regroup now and fight another day.

Update: Some commenters are pointing to another statute which prohibits voters who cast ballots in the Democratic primary from voting in the runoff as grounds for a challenge. Those laws apply to the voters themselves as fraudulent votes, not the results. First, since those ballots were cast anonymously, you can’t simply deduct them from Cochran. Second, because of that, you’d have to find more than the 7200 vote difference to get a judge to overturn the election. And third, the judge would have to order a new runoff using the same exact system that they used yesterday.

Judges are loathe to overturn elections, and in a state that doesn’t allow for party registration, this is an unlikely scenario for such an outcome.


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The GOPe can either close the primaries or lose the party.

I am done supporting a GOP that lets the Democrats pick our candidates and theirs.

harlekwin15 on June 25, 2014 at 8:03 AM

It’s sad when you have Republicans engaging in sleazy, criminal activity like the Democrats.

crankyoldlady on June 25, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Unfortunately, McDaniel will probably give up before the end of the week.

We don’t have a Republic any more people. We have the worst form of government, a democracy. We have no laws, just a mob, and the mob can vote for anything it wants, even if it is yours.

We are not going to solve this problem at the ballot box.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 8:05 AM

It’s sad when you have Republicans engaging in sleazy, criminal activity like the Democrats.

crankyoldlady on June 25, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Democrat? Republican? At this point, what difference does it make?

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Why is it that a guy who has spent 4

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 8:06 AM

I was barely following this story up to 2 days ago. Did Cochran actually get Dem voters to switch parties are vote for him? Did Cochran encourage switch or was it the Dems?

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 8:07 AM

I’ll say it again. Open primaries are what got us all these RINOS.

crankyoldlady on June 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

McDaniels has no shot at overturning the result. But the fact that Cochran had to resort to violating an unenforceable statute shows just how far the GOP has fallen.

rbj on June 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Why is it that a guy who has spent 41 years in the Senate, is 76 years old, and has an invalid for a wife feels the need to stay in power? One need only look at the dinosaurs of the Congress to advocate mandatory age limits on eligibility for public office.

When it comes to Senators, that should be a state legislature decision but that is a completely different issue.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

+1 harlekwin

cmsinaz on June 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

***************** D*mn the Boinking Torpedoes **************************!!

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

They can’t give up the power. It’s addictive.

crankyoldlady on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Oil Can, go to Twitchy, Michelle Malkin’s (Ed calls her “Boss Emeritus”) site. Listen there to radio ads Cochran put up in black liberal Democrat areas in Mississippi. All scare tactics. It worked, and it was beyond sleazy.

Imagine being so wedded to your sleazy Congressional career that you would pander to liberal Dems before you’d give it up.

That’s Thad Cochran. That’s the face of our GOP. Makes me ill.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Last weekend, Juan McAmnesty came down here to Mississippi and campaigned with Cochran.

Unfortunately, America now has a new group of carpetbaggers profiting from our national misery.

My take on the election.

kingsjester on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

McDaniels has no shot at overturning the result. But the fact that Cochran had to resort to violating an unenforceable statute shows just how far the GOP has fallen.

rbj on June 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

The GOP establishment everyday is slapping their base. The problem is that 50% of GOP voters are asleep on the issues even in their own backyard.

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

The McDaniel campaign may end up rethinking this promise in the cool light of day. McDaniel has a long career ahead of him in Mississippi, and Cochran doesn’t, this win notwithstanding. Launching a quixotic challenge over party identification in an open primary won’t win McDaniel any love from the Republican Party, and might end up alienating at least a few of those people who saw him as a better alternative to the pork-barrel politics of yesterday that Cochran represents. Better to regroup now and fight another day.

Does McDaniel really have a long career ahead of him when the GOP power brokers will resort to shenanigans like this? I can accept Tea Partiers and conservatives losing primary races. What I cannot stomach is that the Republican establishment will resort to courting Democrat voters with promises of pork-barrel spending in order to win Senate seats in states like Alaska and Mississippi, places that could easily elect genuine conservatives to office.

After last night and the way that outcome was achieved, I am very close to being done with the Republican Party. They have no respect for their own base, so why should I ever support them again?

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

CSPAN @cspan · 9m

VIDEO: Chris McDaniel (@CMForUSSenate) speech http://cs.pn/Tux8kg #mssen

http://www.c-span.org/video/?320130-3/chris-mcdaniel-primary-night-speech

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:21 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

This farce primary is just one more thing that will erode the legitimacy of elections and the government in general.

forest on June 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Repeat after me: THE GOP. DOES NOT REPRESENT YOU!!

milemarker2020 on June 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Better to regroup now and fight another day.

classic Ed “Next Hill” Morrissey

DanMan on June 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Can he run as an independent in November?

I have a feeling that all the Dems that voted for Cock-aran will NOT be voting for him in November. McDaniel just might pull it off. Wouldn’t that be nice ????

stenwin77 on June 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Did Cochran encourage switch or was it the Dems?

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Both. Cochran is no friend to the Democrat agenda, but he’s a porker, and therefore a major advocate for the status quo. He’s much better for the Dems overall than a conservative would be, and in a state that is a long way from electing a Dem to the senate, that’s a win.

Immolate on June 25, 2014 at 8:13 AM

The GOPe can either close the primaries or lose the party.

I am done supporting a GOP that lets the Democrats pick our candidates and theirs.

harlekwin15 on June 25, 2014 at 8:03 AM

So you want to throw the entire South under the bus, then?

Most Southern states do not register by party. What business is it of the government’s which party you support at any given time?

The usual prohibition is if you vote in one party’s primary, you are disqualified from voting in the other party’s run-off. But if you didn’t vote in either, you can still vote in the run-off.

These have been our rules since Reconstruction, and fully approved by the DOJ under the Voting Rights Act.

Besides, we don’t care how you do it up north.

Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Cochran openly asked democrats to vote for him in the runoff. That is disqualifying to me for him and the establishmment that supported him.
They should have told Cochran to concede gracefully after the primary and gotten behind McDaniel. Instead they chose scorched earth in support of an incumbent who will not serve out his term anyway. So be it.
Let them try and win in November with democrats. Screw them.

Curmudgeon on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Better to regroup now and fight another day.

And that there should be the slogan for the GOP.

“Screw the present! We’ll do better tomorrow!”

BacaDog on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I was barely following this story up to 2 days ago. Did Cochran actually get Dem voters to switch parties are vote for him? Did Cochran encourage switch or was it the Dems?

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Worse than that, he sent out robo-calls to black Democratic voters that said McDaniel would oppose Obama’s agenda (as if that was a BAD thing) and accusing the Tea Party of being racist.

ebrown2 on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Launching a quixotic challenge over party identification in an open primary won’t win McDaniel any love from the Republican Party

I don’t think McDaniel particularly gives a damn about what the GP{ establishment thinks of him. He campaigned against them, and he’s going to make sure it costs them as much as possible.

Stoic Patriot on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Sorry to go OT here, but is anyone else’s computer getting attacked when they visit HA? For the last two or three days my Norton Anti-Virus has been going nuts blocking viruses, and only when I visit HA.

WhatSlushfund on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Grace_is_sufficient on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Wow! I didn’t know it was THAT bad. Sad day.

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

I disagree, Ed. It is a very simple thing to discover how many Democrat Primary voters then voted in the GOP Run-off. If those numbers exceed Cochran’s margin of victory, McDaniel has grounds to ask that the election should be thrown out.

WannabeAnglican on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Good.

Fallon on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

That’s Thad Cochran. That’s the face of our GOP. Makes me ill.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Yep, scaring black voters. It’s a tactic the Democrats have used for years – and it’s beyond despicable.

TarheelBen on June 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Mark Levin has recently mused the Tea Party is going to pick one “sure RINO winner” and declare this is the race “the Conservative base is going to prove we matter” and I’ve always thought he’d zero in on McDaniel but boy after the tactics here and the fact that Cochran is probably too senile to even have a pre final SENATE DEBATE (!) that he’ll zero in on Mississippi.

Marcus on June 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

WhatSlushfund on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

You’re not alone.

kingsjester on June 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

McDaniels has no shot at overturning the result. But the fact that Cochran had to resort to violating an unenforceable statute shows just how far the GOP has fallen.
rbj on June 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Oh, please. Where was all the rhetoric that “the Tea Party has tons of conservative Democrats who are frustrated by government?” Why was McDaniel not going after Democrats himself, and why did he let a pork-hungry dotard outplay him?

If you ask me, this is a prime example of why you don’t nominate a radio host for high office. Cochran had tons of ammo against McDaniel and he used it brilliantly to smear him as a racist.

KingGold on June 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

I’ll say it again. Open primaries are what got us all these RINOS.

crankyoldlady on June 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

And that is why the establishment will never change the rules. Cantor tried the same tactic in Va but he didn’t have the dem collaboration as Cochran did. Graham in SC benefits from an open. The open primary is the foundation for the Establishment party.

cthemfly on June 25, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Besides, we don’t care how you do it up north.

Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

I’m throwing the entire GOP under the bus champ not pork addicted MS singular.

The conservatives doesn’t get to pick which Democrats get nominated.

We follow the rules.

The GOPe likes being able to call in the Democrat machine to protect the pork cannon.

I want the pork cannon retired.

Seems to me I don’t really have a party and I plan to start voting like it.

harlekwin15 on June 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Now we wait and see just how badly Cochran’s and the establishment’s despicable strategy suppresses the Republican vote. If the Dem wins in Mississippi GOPe has no one to blame but themselves.

NotCoach on June 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

It is pathetic when the GOP establishment refuses to listen to the base and actively recruits blacks to vote for their candidate.

I am no longer giving money to any establishment republican. Period

If this continues much longer, the country is screwed with a capital S.

There are millions new illegals to pay for. Terrorism has risen like a phoenix from the ashes. The media and Dems have a war on Christians, whites, working people, marriage etc. The debt is out of control.

The glorification of gays, multiculturism, muslims, unions, and the massive increase of parasites on public assistance (unemployment, welfare, food stamps, disability, Medicaid, subsidized Obamacare) will very soon totally destroy what the USA was.

txdoc on June 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Yes, the statute is unenforcable regarding your future intent to vote in the general election. However, Ed, you seem to gloss right over the tail end of the article you quoted which states that anyone who previously voted in the June 3 Democratic primary is prohibited from voting in this one. That statue IS enforceable and will likely be at the center of any challenge that is (and imo should be) brought.

Given the very large number of Democrats who voted in this primary it would surprise me not in the least to discover that a large number of them voted illegally. How one goes about proving this (probably something to do with comparing voter rolls) I’m not entirely sure.

And most of the “irregularities” referred to by McDaniel are dealing with this very issue. A number of counties forgot to scrub their voter rolls after the June 3 primary, meaning that in many areas the precinct workers had no way of even knowing whether someone had previously voted in the Democratic primary.

So, no, this isn’t just sour grapes on the part of McDaniel, it is actually a serious and fully legitimate legal issue regarding this election and stemming directly from Cochran’s sleazy approach to winning. McDaniels should and hopefully will mount a full challenge. Whether or not it’s successful nobody can tell, but it should be done on principle if nothing else.

Paperclips on June 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Oh, please. Where was all the rhetoric that “the Tea Party has tons of conservative Democrats who are frustrated by government?” Why was McDaniel not going after Democrats himself, and why did he let a pork-hungry dotard outplay him?

If you ask me, this is a prime example of why you don’t nominate a radio host for high office. Cochran had tons of ammo against McDaniel and he used it brilliantly to smear him as a racist.

KingGold on June 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Don’t play dumb. If Cochran courted and turned out Democrat voters based on a conservative agenda, more power to him. But he didn’t. His campaign played the race card and promoted a liberal agenda of big government and pork-barrel spending in order to get these voters to the polls. That is disgraceful and an insult to their own base.

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM

sleazy, criminal activity

It’s an open primary. This is what happens when you step outside of your bubble.

Your problem is open primaries. Socons can’t compete on that level because socons have long exaggerated their numbers, and they are very divisive. It’s the same reason a socon has a zero chance at getting a POTUS nom.

And this McDaniel guy is still in his bubble. Take the loss like a man and walk away. You got out-hustled.

Moesart on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

I’ll say it again. Open primaries are what got us all these RINOS.

crankyoldlady on June 25, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Yup, the Dems like to strong arm candidates on their side to drop out before the primaries in Illinois, so their candidates run unopposed, and then they “help” pick the GOP candidates. Kirk Dillard tried the Cochran strategy and almost won the GOP gubernatorial primary. Now, Dillards’s on to another pension with the Democrats’ blessings. This is beyond despicable. Power corrupts.

Fallon on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Cochran openly asked democrats to vote for him in the runoff. That is disqualifying to me for him and the establishmment that supported him.
They should have told Cochran to concede gracefully after the primary and gotten behind McDaniel. Instead they chose scorched earth in support of an incumbent who will not serve out his term anyway. So be it.
Let them try and win in November with democrats. Screw them.

Curmudgeon on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

The time to complain about the rules is usually before you lose.

But if you are “leaving the GOP,” we wish you well in your future endeavors, and know that you do share the core conservative values. God be with you on your journey. Live long, and prosper.

Since you are giving us the kiss-off, though, we must also cordially invite you to keep your nose out of our party business, like our Presidential primaries. If you are leaving because “outsiders” participate, it would make you a hypocrite of the worst kind to continue to join our party deliberations and primaries.

Of course, if you’re just a big-mouthed blowhard who really intends to stay and complain constantly, disregard the above good wishes.

Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Yep, scaring black voters. It’s a tactic the Democrats have used for years – and it’s beyond despicable.

TarheelBen on June 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

These have been our rules since Reconstruction, and fully approved by the DOJ under the Voting Rights Act.

Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

And you don’t see the problem.

A primary is supposed to be for a party to choose who represents that party in the general election. Open primaries destroy the entire process.

NotCoach on June 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Why is it that a guy who has spent 41 years in the Senate, is 76 years old, and has an invalid for a wife feels the need to stay in power? One need only look at the dinosaurs of the Congress to advocate mandatory age limits on eligibility for public office.
When it comes to Senators, that should be a state legislature decision but that is a completely different issue.
Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Perhaps Same Sheep Marriage?

Brock Robamney on June 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

CSPAN @cspan · 32m

VIDEO: Sen. Thad Cochran (@thadforms) Victory Speech http://cs.pn/1mdkMnc

http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4501905/sen-thad-cochran-victory-speech

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 12:22 AM

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

The GOP loses big on all of this. Ole Miss would be wise to lose the open primary.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

but it’s also unlikely to produce any further surprises.


I believe you are completely wrong about that, Ed.

The only effective thing the GOP has done in years is to run successful campaigns against their own party members. They’ve done that with more gusto and fortitude than any other issue. As a result, if Cochran wins, he may very well lose in the general.

They have also given Democrats a roadmap and strategy for November.

Ultimately, what the GOP has done in attracting Democrats to our primary is to further inspire them to vote in the General. Conversely, they will depress the party member vote.

Someone at the GOP please pick up the red courtesy phone. GOTV operation are suppose to inspire your party members to vote.

That will cost Republicans the senate in November and ultimately weaken the presidential candidate.

The GOP should be spending all of its time trying to bring party members together. They have not. In fact, they have done the opposite and tried to crush any opposition. That, predictably, will not end well for the party. Good news being, at that point we can throw them all out- being that at that point there will not be anything left.

Marcus Traianus on June 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

And for all you “We need to unite behind Cochran” plebes…

Why can’t McDaniel unite behind Cochran!!?

The way Dickie Lugar did with Mourdock????

Oh….

ToddPA on June 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

True. Those death panel lies were offensive.

Sincerely,
The VA

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

We are not going to solve this problem at the ballot box.

ConstantineXI on June 25, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Since an armed rebellion isn’t really a good option (Obama already fancies himself some bizarro Lincoln – I’m sure he’d revel at the opportunity for that historical twist), I think it’s time to talk about imposing sanctions upon our government in the form of a tax strike. They’ll be forced to do what we say if we cutoff their money supply.

crrr6 on June 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I was barely following this story up to 2 days ago. Did Cochran actually get Dem voters to switch parties are vote for him? Did Cochran encourage switch or was it the Dems?

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 8:07 AM

It was an open primary. Cochran openly campaigned for democrat voters and democrats didn’t need to switch parties to vote for him. The only restriction was if you voted in the democrat primary on June 3, you couldn’t vote in the Republican primary yesterday.

TarheelBen on June 25, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Now, the Vichy Republicans will cry out for unity, expecting Mississippi Conservatives to vote for Cochran in November, running back to them, like an abused wife runs back to her brutish lout of a husband.

Self-serving arrogance and corruption is the same, no matter what side of the political aisle it is practiced on.

kingsjester on June 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Congats to McDaniels either way. He put up good numbers. The GOP is found wanting.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Why am I not surprised that Ed is eagerly throwing cold water on McDaniel’s challenge? :)

Pt might help to let your readers know that he still has a chance to overturn the results no matter how long shot you think it is.

An article that goes a little more in-depth is this one:

Chris McDaniel to Challenge Election Results

Some snippets:

Cole said the most likely error in favor of Cochran could be where Democrats who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary were allowed to vote in the GOP primary runoff on Tuesday. “That’d be the very first thing I’d look for,” Cole said. “And that’s the easiest error that poll workers can make—whether it was an honest error or deliberate, I wouldn’t know. But that’d be the most common error that happens in a runoff—where voters who weren’t qualified because they participated in the other party’s primary would be allowed to vote by mistake.”

There were 24,889 votes cast in Hinds County in the runoff—17,927 were for Cochran and 6,962 were for McDaniel—but only 20,567 Republican voters are listed in Hinds County, according to the well-known Labels and Lists Voter Data Base. The extraordinarily high turnout in Hinds County is much more than what happened in Hinds County in the primary just a few weeks ago, when 16,640 total votes were cast—10,928 for Cochran and 5,621 for McDaniel.

The article also mentions that an election for mayor was redone because of irregularities – so it is possible.

TheRightMan on June 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Maybes a Purge is needed!

Jus say’n!!
(snark)

canopfor on June 25, 2014 at 8:27 AM

#DEMRINOs

faraway on June 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

These have been our rules since Reconstruction, and fully approved by the DOJ under the Voting Rights Act.
Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Apparently so is Bestiality.

And you don’t see the problem.
A primary is supposed to be for a party to choose who represents that party in the general election. Open primaries destroy the entire process.
NotCoach on June 25, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Well it’s not like there is a difference between the two parties. This just kills the argument that if you vote for an Independent that you are giving power to the Democrat agenda. This is the green light needed to vote 3rd party.

Brock Robamney on June 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Do you embarrass yourself before or after your morning toke?

More Dems acknowledging the very real existence of #ObamaCare “death panels”

Were you high when you posted the following?

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 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Um, you’re not on your “A” game today. Want a blue pill?

Fallon on June 25, 2014 at 8:28 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

“some people live…..

some people die……”

Electrongod on June 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 8:21 AM

You misconstrued my meaning. I said that McDaniel should have been going after Democrats himself. Why didn’t he?

KingGold on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Cochran is not expected to serve out his term. He is just holding on to the seat until Haley Barbour can get another big spending Republican into the seat. McDaniel almost has to challenge the election as he will have an uphill battle to take the seat in a future special election.

I believe if a (Mississippi) Senator dies or resigns, the governor appoints a replacement until a special election is held. That’s the plan. Cochran resigns and the governor appoints Barbour’s guy to the seat.

huckleberryfriend on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Repeat after me.. The GOPe will BETRAY you!!

Third Party is the only way forward!

Sarah Palin will lead the new Freedom Tea Party!!!

Only Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz!!!

Ned Pepper on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Arne Carlson won a second term as Governor here after he lost the GOP endorsement. I can’t remember what ticket he ran on or if he was a write in.

So if MS doesn’t have a sore loser law – maybe McDaniel can run on another ticket.

gophergirl on June 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

When it comes to rallying ignorant minority voters, it is much better to follow the lead of Obama and simply shuck and jive with false claims of success, comptence, and integrity.

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 8:31 AM

The lure of and lust for power is simply too great. That’s why if we’re going to save our republic we need to move forward with an Article V Convention of the States.

It’s the only way we’re going to strip DC of the power the Establishment and it’s hangers-on so eagerly and aggressively pursue.

We must restore federalism and bring power back closer to the people.

Washington DC cannot and will not reform itself.

Charlemagne on June 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Why is it that a guy who has spent 41 years in the Senate, is 76 years old, and has an invalid for a wife feels the need to stay in power?

Happy Nomad on June 25, 2014 at 8:10 AM

Because when Cochran retires 2 or 3 years from now, the Governor can appoint a member of Haley Barbours family as a successor. And you wouldnt expect such a crony princeling to run for an office without being granted the incumbent status before his election actually took place, now would you?

Red Widow on June 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Of course, if you’re just a big-mouthed blowhard who really intends to stay and complain constantly, disregard the above good wishes.

Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Sorry to burst your bubble. We are not going anywhere.

We are actively going to retire every member of the treasonous GOP Establishment… even if it means voting for their Democrat opponents in the fall.

I continue to tell people that the true Tea Party shocker will be in November when Democrats capture some red state senate seats.

The primary target of this strategy is McConnell. He wants to be Majority Leader? He better start laying out his retirement plan. Say hello to Senator Grimes.

TheRightMan on June 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Ned Pepper on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Repeat after me:

Ned Pepper is an ignorant Troll.

kingsjester on June 25, 2014 at 8:32 AM

You misconstrued my meaning. I said that McDaniel should have been going after Democrats himself. Why didn’t he?

KingGold on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Because Democrat voters aren’t going to go pull the lever for a Tea Party Republican. They’re not going to vote for any Republican. Unless of course you play the race card in order to frighten them while promising big government and lots of taxpayer-funded goodies which is what the Cochran campaign did.

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM

I disagree, Ed. It is a very simple thing to discover how many Democrat Primary voters then voted in the GOP Run-off. If those numbers exceed Cochran’s margin of victory, McDaniel has grounds to ask that the election should be thrown out.

WannabeAnglican on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Seconding this as it was exactly what I was going to say.

No one cares about party registration Ed. This is easily proven by seeing how many double dippers there were who voted in both the Democratic Primary and the Republican runoff. One person should not get to influence the nominee of multiple parties.

BKennedy on June 25, 2014 at 8:33 AM

huckleberryfriend on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Absolutely right. Cochran has no intention of serving out his term. He will die or retire within two years giving the Barbour establishment the chance to pick, for MS citizens, the next senator.

Charlemagne on June 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Ned Pepper on June 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Just curious Red. Are you happy with the results in your home state last evening?

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Wow. Some crazy responses.

If the tea party had general appeal, it wouldn’t have to worry about an open primary. It would embrace it. This is the reality.

A reality that continues to be ignored.

Moesart on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?

libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

True. Those death panel lies were offensive.

Sincerely,
The VA

Doughboy on June 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Um Yup.

Fallon on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

*Ned

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Of course, if you’re just a big-mouthed blowhard who really intends to stay and complain constantly, disregard the above good wishes.

Adjoran on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

If I were you, I would keep my mouth shut about blowhards who only comment to complain and sneer. Had a look in the mirror recently?

Red Widow on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Let it go, Sen. McDaniel.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

Oil Can, go to Twitchy, Michelle Malkin’s (Ed calls her “Boss Emeritus”) site.
Grace_is_sufficient on June 25, 2014 at 8:11 AM

MM sold Twitchy to Hot Air’s owners (Salem Communications) last December. She rarely even posts at her own site, except for her weekly column, Doug Powers does most the writing there.

Shame that Cochran’s sleazy tactics worked, McDaniel seems like a pretty good guy.

whatcat on June 25, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Moesart on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

The TEA party doesn’t have the money to counter the outright lies spread by the Democrats much less the Democrats and the GOPe.

What’s not appealing about constitutionalism? Have so many Americans become dependent on the state that they’re willing to enslave us all to the state?

Charlemagne on June 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Do not give in to the Republican Establishment.

Last night was a slap in the face of Tea Party.

We will not forget. Third Party here we come!!

Ned Pepper on June 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Charlemagne on June 25, 2014 at 8:34 AM

Which will trigger a special election in the next cycle, and McDaniel will get another bite at the apple. Provided, if course, that he doesn’t burn every last bridge with this idiotic challenge that will go nowhere.

KingGold on June 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Allahpundit ‏@allahpundit 8h

McCain/Cochran 2016

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Moesart on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

While the media is not reporting on how the federal government went after the Tea Party in it’s lawless manner, don’t forget that they have taken every chance to label the Tea Party as racist bigots against Obama. Of course they are going to do what they can to thwart such a horrible entity.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Cochran had tons of ammo against McDaniel and he used it brilliantly to smear him as a racist.

KingGold on June 25, 2014 at 8:17 AM

What “tons of ammo” are you referring to? That said, are you advocating “smearing” people with made up bullshit? If so, how about planting “evidence” against someone? Is that o.k. too? How about setting people up to be recorded with out of context statements or posing as someone who used to know someone who said something that falsely smears someones life. Is that o.k.? Would that be “brilliant”?

Mimzey on June 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

If the tea party had general appeal, it wouldn’t have to worry about an open primary.
Moesart on June 25, 2014 at 8:35 AM

If the RINOs had any general appeal they wouldn’t have to beg leftist groups to bail them out at the polls.

whatcat on June 25, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Ned Pepper on June 25, 2014 at 8:38 AM

Are you just trolling or do you have an answer to the question I posed to you Ned?

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I was barely following this story up to 2 days ago. Did Cochran actually get Dem voters to switch parties are vote for him? Did Cochran encourage switch or was it the Dems?

Oil Can on June 25, 2014 at 8:07 AM

By law they can’t switch between the primary and the runoff — if the voting judges were following the rules in the original primary race.

If a person went to vote in either the Democrat or Republican primary earlier this month, they should have had that word or some other form of party identification stamped in the voter registration book, depending on if they chose a Democrat or Republican primary ballot. That stamp is supposed to keep them from changing parties in voting during the runoff. But they can vote for whomever they want to in the November election, and if you didn’t vote in the original primary election, you also can vote in either party’s primary in the runoff.

jon1979 on June 25, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I disagree, Ed. It is a very simple thing to discover how many Democrat Primary voters then voted in the GOP Run-off. If those numbers exceed Cochran’s margin of victory, McDaniel has grounds to ask that the election should be thrown out.

WannabeAnglican on June 25, 2014 at 8:15 AM

How can throw out other people votes just because they belong to another party?

mnjg on June 25, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Congats to McDaniels either way. He put up good numbers. The GOP is found wanting.

Bmore on June 25, 2014 at 8:26 AM

I could live with that if I thought the Democrat wing of the Republican party might learn something. The only thing they got out of it was that they won by spending more money. Other peoples money. They will dismiss Cantor as a fluke and continue on their current path.

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 8:42 AM

From the article at Breitbart:

Cole said the most likely error in favor of Cochran could be where Democrats who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary were allowed to vote in the GOP primary runoff on Tuesday. “That’d be the very first thing I’d look for,” Cole said. “And that’s the easiest error that poll workers can make—whether it was an honest error or deliberate, I wouldn’t know. But that’d be the most common error that happens in a runoff—where voters who weren’t qualified because they participated in the other party’s primary would be allowed to vote by mistake.”

Sounds like a reasonable basis for challenge.

TarheelBen on June 25, 2014 at 8:42 AM

mnjg on June 25, 2014 at 8:40 AM

You can’t but if they voted in the Democrat primary, they cannot vote in the run off. My guess is that they did not vote in the Democrat primary, why would they bother?

Cindy Munford on June 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Your problem is open primaries. Socons can’t compete on that level because socons have long exaggerated their numbers, and they are very divisive. It’s the same reason a socon has a zero chance at getting a POTUS nom.

Cochran outspent McDaniel 11-1 and had to resort to sleazy race tactics to get to what was essentially a tie. But yeah, socons are the divisive ones, lol.

And this McDaniel guy is still in his bubble. Take the loss like a man and walk away. You got out-hustled.

Moesart o

You mean the way Thad and company took the loss a couple of weeks ago like men and bowed out gracefully after getting out-hustled?

And no, sending flyers to black voters saying McDaniel hates black people isn’t out-hustling, it is despicable. If the GOP is so desperate to be like democrats, the good folks of Mississippi should do themselves a favor and vote for the official democrat in November.

xblade on June 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

And for all you “We need to unite behind Cochran” plebes…

Why can’t McDaniel unite behind Cochran!!?

The way Dickie Lugar did with Mourdock????

Oh….

ToddPA on June 25, 2014 at 8:24 AM

More like the way Lisa Murkowski supported Joe Miller, I hope.

lymond on June 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Waste of time. Concede and look to the future.

Ted the Average on June 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

But not despicable to scare people with lies of death panels?
libfreeordie on June 25, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Why would we need to do that? Tricare (VA Care) is a glowing example of Obamacare’s Death Panels.

Brock Robamney on June 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

Yes, the statute is unenforcable regarding your future intent to vote in the general election. However, Ed, you seem to gloss right over the tail end of the article you quoted which states that anyone who previously voted in the June 3 Democratic primary is prohibited from voting in this one. That statue IS enforceable and will likely be at the center of any challenge that is (and imo should be) brought.

Given the very large number of Democrats who voted in this primary it would surprise me not in the least to discover that a large number of them voted illegally. How one goes about proving this (probably something to do with comparing voter rolls) I’m not entirely sure.

And most of the “irregularities” referred to by McDaniel are dealing with this very issue. A number of counties forgot to scrub their voter rolls after the June 3 primary, meaning that in many areas the precinct workers had no way of even knowing whether someone had previously voted in the Democratic primary.

So, no, this isn’t just sour grapes on the part of McDaniel, it is actually a serious and fully legitimate legal issue regarding this election and stemming directly from Cochran’s sleazy approach to winning. McDaniels should and hopefully will mount a full challenge. Whether or not it’s successful nobody can tell, but it should be done on principle if nothing else.

Paperclips on June 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

This is what Karl “T-Blossom” Rove is really afraid of. If McDaniel keeps fighting this throughout the summer, he inflames the anger conservatives rightly feel against the GOP De-elites and threatens not only the 2014 elections, but the 2016 Presidential election as well. Because the national party structure got piggy and insisted that a deep South state couldn’t have a conservative (or coherently non-bestial) senator, they’ve really put their foot in it.

ebrown2 on June 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM

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