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Tea Party candidate weighs legal options (Mississippi runoff)
The Hill ^ | June 25, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 06/25/2014 1:33:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-Miss.) primary challenger Chris McDaniel is looking into possible legal routes to challenge Cochran’s runoff win.

Multiple sources tell The Hill that the campaign is evaluating their options after Cochran orchestrated an improbable win over McDaniel on Tuesday night, defeating the challenger by about 6,300 votes.

The campaign’s concerns hinge on heavily African-American Hinds County, which includes the state capital of Jackson and where nearly 70 percent of the residents are black and the voting population is more Democratic than most counties in the state. Cochran netted about 7,000 more votes there in the runoff than the first round of primary voting.

Cochran won the county during the first round of primary voting by a sizable margin, but the significantly increased turnout there this time around helped his lead.

More voters in Hinds County backed Cochran in the runoff — 17,927 — than the total number that turned out in the first round of GOP primary voting (16,640). Turnout increased by about 50 percent from the primary to the runoff, and Cochran expanded his portion of the vote from 66 percent to 72 percent.

That difference of 7,000 more votes than what he netted in the June 4 primary was critical to his slim margin of victory statewide. McDaniel picked up about 1,300 more votes from the primary to the runoff in Hinds County.

McDaniel seemed to hint at the likelihood of a legal challenge in a speech to supporters after the Associated Press called the race for Cochran.

“Before this race is over we have to make absolutely certain the Republican primary was won by Republican voters,” McDaniel said.

“Today the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in the state of Mississippi,” said the state senator, adding that “there were literally dozens of irregularities” and “you know why.”

Cochran’s team made no secret of their efforts to turn African American Democratic voters out to the polls in the runoff, but the move drew heavy criticism from conservatives, some of whom have charged such a tactic may be illegal.

Mississippi election law allows Democrats who did not vote in the first primary round to vote in the GOP runoff, but conservatives backing McDaniel have argued the law prevents voters from supporting a candidate in the primary that they don’t plan to back in the general election.

That portion of the law is difficult to enforce, however, so it’s unclear how McDaniel’s campaign will challenge the ballot count.

McDaniel’s team suggested Hinds County GOP Chairman Pete Perry may be at fault.

Perry was paid by pro-Cochran Mississippi Conservatives PAC to conduct unspecified get-out-the-vote efforts for Cochran, a move that raised questions about a potential conflict of interest between Perry’s duties as county GOP chairman and his work for the Cochran campaign.

Perry was later accused by Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Ricky Cole of possibly paying an African-American Democratic political operative thousands of dollars to be used in a vote-buying scheme to turn out African American Democrats for Cochran in the runoff.

When contacted by The Hill, Perry denied any wrongdoing.

“I did not do anything wrong. My party ran the primary. We did not do anything wrong, period,” Perry said, and then hung up the phone abruptly.


TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: chrismcdaniel; crossovervote; mississippi; peteperry; runoff; senate; thadcochran

1 posted on 06/25/2014 1:33:38 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Pete Perry, sold his soul and is now lying to himself.
Pete, seppeku.


2 posted on 06/25/2014 1:41:58 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Perry and his ilk = crooks = organized crime in stealing an election. Tar and feathers was the old time remedy....


3 posted on 06/25/2014 1:44:11 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It is anathema to the democratic process to have the Democrat opposition party’s voters choosing the nominee of the GOP, and vice versa. Shall Republicans now be allowed to choose whom the Democrat nominee will be ? A majority of Republican voters did not select Cochran as their nominee. This alone should disqualify him.

Senator Cochran, stand aside as the GOP nominee ! You did not obtain the nomination by honest, legitimate and ethical means, but by fraud, deception and chicanery. This is utterly shameful and despicable.


4 posted on 06/25/2014 1:44:38 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How about this... Perry, Cochran and Rove —— duct taped to one of Rove’s white boards and set out to float in a Mississippi swamp?


5 posted on 06/25/2014 1:46:45 AM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Lord, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

McDaniel can win in a write-in in November. The blacks that crossed over won’t be back for Cochran then.


6 posted on 06/25/2014 1:52:26 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Cochran’s despicable appeal to DEMOCRAT voters is a perfect illustration of the lack of ethics that epitomize the establishment GOP and is exactly WHY the Tea Party exists in the first place.


7 posted on 06/25/2014 1:53:13 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

STOP OPEN PRIMARIES, you STUPID REPUBLICANS!!! DEMOCRATS DON”T HAVE OPEN PRIMARIES!!! STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!!!


8 posted on 06/25/2014 1:58:56 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Hostage

“McDaniel can win in a write-in in November. The blacks that crossed over won’t be back for Cochran then.”

That’s how Lisa Murkowski did it in Alaska:

“......Murkowski was appointed to the United States Senate in 2002 and elected to a full term in 2004. Her 2010 re-election grew turbulent when former magistrate judge Joe Miller defeated her in the Republican primary. Murkowski mounted a longshot write-in campaign, winning the general election; the campaign made national headlines...”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Murkowski


9 posted on 06/25/2014 2:02:15 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Ann Archy

Apparently, Cochran’s campaign sent out a campaign flyer in decidedly black Democrat Hinds County, that said the Tea Party was going to come out and prevent them from voting - Cochran stoked anger with a lie and the race card to defeat a conservative and smear the Tea Party.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/06/24/1309376/-Thad-Cochran-survives-thanks-to-Democrats


10 posted on 06/25/2014 2:22:45 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Isn’t it shameful how the GOPe fight down and dirty against their own in the primary(s) and in the general election against the democrats the GOPe campaign strategy is mamby-pandy, milquetoast, can’t we all just get along, OMG you can’t say that about our opponent, sorry sack of GOP elite?


11 posted on 06/25/2014 2:24:12 AM PDT by mcmuffin (Freedom's On The March - Wave Goodbye!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Proves my point about STUPID OPEN PRIMARIES!!


12 posted on 06/25/2014 2:29:47 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He should be shunned and banished from the community. If he is in business, his business should suffer. He sold his soul for power and will probably prosper in future GOPe positions.


13 posted on 06/25/2014 2:44:58 AM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldnÂ’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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To: jch10; All

“..............The lesson of last night isn’t that the Tea Party is dead; indeed it’s impressive that McDaniel was able to accomplish what he did given his monetary disadvantage. It’s that, even in this age of fiscal conservatism, the GOP good ol’ boys network is alive and well. The right money and minds can still propel even the most cadaverous incumbent to victory. But you know what? It’s a lot harder than it used to be and we should be excited by that. In lieu of actual term limits, voters have taken it upon themselves to challenge lawmakers who get too crusty. It wasn’t a good night for Chris McDaniel, but it wasn’t a good night for the good ol’ boys either.”

http://spectator.org/articles/59751/revenge-good-ol-boys


14 posted on 06/25/2014 2:53:05 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Mississippi election law allows Democrats who did not vote in the first primary round to vote in the GOP runoff.

Well that's just inviting trouble.
15 posted on 06/25/2014 3:10:00 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

Our voting system is broken and that is exactly the way the establishment wants it. The way it is set up they can manipulate any outcome they desire. Add to this online registration and voting and you can kiss this Republic good-by.


16 posted on 06/25/2014 3:39:55 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Hostage
McDaniel can win in a write-in in November. The blacks that crossed over won’t be back for Cochran then.

I am convinced that McDaniel can win in November but only as an independent whose name appears on the ballot.

17 posted on 06/25/2014 4:17:03 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Cochran’s team made no secret of their efforts to turn African American Democratic voters out to the polls in the runoff, but the move drew heavy criticism from conservatives, some of whom have charged such a tactic may be illegal.

May be illegal, but is positively unethical...this 'friend of the animals' needs to go in November.

18 posted on 06/25/2014 4:33:32 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Ann Archy
Proves my point about STUPID OPEN PRIMARIES!!

You are deadright...I wonder how many states have these 'open primaries'? I know we have them here in corrupt soviet Red Hampshire, where Democrats routinely cross over to pick the weakest Republican candidate (see: McCain, Romney). Red Hampshire should have its 'first in the nation' status REVOKED.

19 posted on 06/25/2014 4:37:53 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (Yehovah saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
It wasn't a good night for Chris McDaneil, but it wasn't a good night for the good ol' boys either

CW, I'll respectfully disagree on some of the details but not the overall sentiment of your post.

First of all, it was a good night for McDaniel, and it wasn't about needing more money. McDaniels won by any decent measure of who was supposed to be voting. He ran a good campaign and only lost because he didn't stoop to the opposition level. How do the establishment dems and 'pubs really feel about exploiting a slave mentality among some dem voters who voted in a certain way because they were told to?

Manipulation of the process has been going on since relatvve unknown GWB was propped up as the "conservative candidate". Would the US have been in the mess we're in if we'd gotten a Quayle/Forbes presidency?

If Cocharan doesn't decline and McDaniels given the nomination, constitutional conservatives might as well say "forget it" about a majority in the US Senate. Do we really want Cocharan, McCain the ISIS guy and Murkowski who won by a sneaky deal part of a majority? Best to stick to the HOR and retake the power of the purse, work with articulate and a truly conservative minority in the US Senate. If Cocharan keeps the nomination, let the dems have that MI Senate seat!

This is the end of the myth that RINOs care more about defeating dems than they do about defeating constitutional conservatives.

20 posted on 06/25/2014 4:39:41 AM PDT by grania
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To: Ann Archy

“STOP OPEN PRIMARIES, you STUPID REPUBLICANS!!!”

While I agree that primaries should be closed, we both know that the GOP-e wants open primaries. This race is the confirmation of their desire to maintain their positions in the ruling class and that they have absolutely no concern for the citizenry or our individual liberty.

Things such as this could very well lead to something very ugly....


21 posted on 06/25/2014 5:28:21 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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To: Hostage

“McDaniel can win in a write-in in November. The blacks that crossed over won’t be back for Cochran then.”

This looks like the perfect scenario for that strategy.


22 posted on 06/25/2014 5:35:38 AM PDT by headstamp 2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

CW, I meant Austin Barbour. In my anger and frustration, I didn’t even say who I was talking about.

You are right about the TEA Party. This make make even more people get themselves to the polls.

And, Republicans attacking Republicans is just shameful. It makes me sick!

State REPUBLICAN Parties better wake up and CLOSE their primaries too. You don’t see Dems doing that.


23 posted on 06/25/2014 6:58:12 AM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldnÂ’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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To: OldPossum
I am convinced that McDaniel can win in November but only as an independent whose name appears on the ballot.

He can't get his name on the ballot after losing the primary. The options at this point are:

1. Run a write-in campaign.
2. Prove that the election was corrupted and get the results thrown out.
3. Roll over and surrender.

24 posted on 06/25/2014 7:24:41 AM PDT by koanhead
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To: fieldmarshaldj

>>You did not obtain the nomination by honest, legitimate and ethical means, but by fraud, deception and chicanery. This is utterly shameful and despicable.<<

This fits Obama too.


25 posted on 06/25/2014 9:47:39 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: koanhead

Thank you. I did not realize that he could file as an independent.

Running a write-in campaign, it would seem to me, would be a tough proposition since only the very dedicated voter would do that. I know it’s been done successfully, though. I think that senator from Alaska (Muskowski?) pulled it off recently.

I do hope that McDaniel can do the same thing. It’s discouraging having to deal with such unethical people that we have in the Republican Party...we already know the Democrats are totally unethical.


26 posted on 06/25/2014 12:00:25 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: OldPossum

could = could not


27 posted on 06/25/2014 12:00:52 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: koanhead

http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/-write-ins-often-turn-into-wasted-votes-/2011/01/16/5247199.htm

No write ins allowed.

Which means I’ll just fail to vote in that particular election. IF I chose to spend $4/gal gas to go to the polls to begin with.

Hope those new GOP voters turn up to vote for Thad in November. Because I certainly won’t.


28 posted on 06/25/2014 12:02:06 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: OldPossum

We have a sore loser law. No independent runs allowed for him at this point.


29 posted on 06/25/2014 12:02:50 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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It’s generally agreed that Thad Cochran squeaked out a win in Mississippi last night in part by getting Democrats, especially African Americans, to turn out. Here’s a flier that was distributed in heavily black precincts suggesting how he accomplished this:

Source

30 posted on 06/25/2014 12:03:50 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
I'm not sure that a legal challenge would work or be worth the money and effort it would take to do.

IMO Chris McDaniel should announce -during his concession speech-the start of his write-in campaign.

He can play the robo call and flyer appeals made by Cochran's campaign to democrat voters- asking them to support Obama by voting for Thad, (and which also express total contempt for the Tea Party). Then McDaniel can say he is running so that the voters who supported him , and anyone else, who wants lower taxes, limited government, (what the Tea Party stands for), exc... has representation in the upcoming November election.

(Or perhaps running as an Independent would be better ?)

In either case-McDaniel needs to stay in for November, if he's up for the campaign, HE CAN WIN.

31 posted on 06/25/2014 12:58:45 PM PDT by Pajamajan ( Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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