Skip to comments.McDaniel Can Beat Cochran .. At The Polls .. In November. Here’s How!! (Longshot, at best)
Posted on 07/21/2014 7:13:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
On July 7th, the Mississippi GOP Executive Committee certified the results of the June 24th primary run-off, declaring Thad Cochran the winner. Senator McDaniel has not accepted this result, and has refused to concede the election.
McDaniel volunteers have been scouring ballot boxes and poll books across Mississippis 82 counties .. when they have been allowed access. Approximately two dozen county clerks still refuse to allow the McDaniel camp to examine the records. McDaniel representatives are expressing confidence that they have a case to make, believing they can cast overwhelming doubt on the 7,600 vote margin of victory that the Cochran campaign is claiming.
Who will hear the challenge McDaniel intends to make?
Senator McDaniel gets two swings at the plate. The first opportunity is to present the evidence before Mississippis GOP Executive Committee. They have the power to weigh the evidence McDaniel has gathered, and if sufficiently convinced, call for a third election to be held. If the majority of the committee is not swayed by the material McDaniel is able to present, the challenge will be rejected, and a fractured party will head toward November with Thad Cochran as their nominee.
The second opportunity afforded McDaniel is to present his evidence before a state court in the county of his choosing. A jury will examine all the materials and evidence gathered, and has the power to order a special election, once again placing Cochran and McDaniel before the voters for a third time. If however the jury rules against Senator McDaniel, his legal options (barring appeal) under Mississippi state law will have run their course.
If both of these opportunities fail the McDaniel campaign, that would seem to be the end of the line for Chris McDaniels senate prospects this November. Those calling for him to run as an Independent are overlooking the ballot requirements in Mississippi. The filing deadline passed back in March. There is no process that could place McDaniels name on the November ballot as an Independent, or under any other partys banner at this late date. Simply stated, if neither of McDaniels two challenge opportunities prevail, there is no way under Mississippi law that his name can appear on the November ballot.
We will write him in!
Many conservatives across Mississippi are making such vows. Those making that promise fail to understand that under current law, Mississippi does not recognize write-in votes. There is no provision under Mississippi election code allowing voters to override the official nominee of the Republican party.
There is however one sole exception. Under 23-15-365 of Mississippi election code, write-ins are permissible in the event of the death, resignation, withdrawal or removal of any candidate whose name shall have been printed on the official ballot.
23-15-365 Write-in candidates
(1) There shall be left on each ballot one (1) blank space under the title of each office to be voted for, and in the event of the death, resignation, withdrawal or removal of any candidate whose name shall have been printed on the official ballot, the name of the candidate duly substituted in the place of such candidate may be written in such blank space by the voter.
The prospect of either Travis Childers [D] or Thad Cochran [R] falling to any of the circumstances that would allow a write-in candidate on either of those two ballot slots is not much to hang your hat on.
There is however another candidate who has qualified for the November ballot in Mississippi. His name is Shawn OHara and he represents the Reform Party of Mississippi. His place on the November ballot is cemented in stone. OHara, a long-time fixture in the firmament of Mississippi politics, could find himself to be the key to McDaniels re-entry into the general election.
If OHara, for whatever reason officially withdrew from contention, then all write-ins under the slot the Reform party holds on the Mississippi ballot would be legally recognized.
Obtaining a senatorial slot on any ballot is no easy accomplishment. What might persuade the holder of such a precious possession to yield his place on the ballot? For that answer we look toward the platform of the Reform party. » Fiscal Responsibility: The Reform Party supports fiscal responsibility and accountability. » Government and Ethics: The Reform Party supports legislation and rules across all branches of government that enforce the highest ethical standards and effective oversight. » National Security: The Reform Party supports policies and programs that best guarantee the security of our national borders, the safety of our citizens and the economic interests of our country. » Tax Policy: The Reform Party supports fair taxation policies without prejudice or special interest exceptions. » Constitutional Rights: The Reform Party supports the Principles established in the United States Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence as our guiding principles for the rights of our citizens and for defining the scope of our Government.
Is that platform starting to sound a bit familiar?
While there may be differences to be found within the planks of the Reform Party and that of Senator McDaniel, there is an awful lot of common ground. The Reform Party and Shawn OHara could find themselves quite comfortable with a candidate such as Chris McDaniel.
Republican leadership talks endlessly about expanding the party. Chris McDaniel did just that. He expanded the Republican parties appeal to many Mississippi voters. He announced his candidacy early, back in October of 2013. He laid out a bold vision based on principles, ethics and the constitution. A lot of Libertarians in Mississippi liked what they saw. In fact, they chose not to field a candidate for 2014, and lined up behind Chris McDaniel. Congressman Ron Paul endorsed McDaniel prior to the primary, and the Libertarian Party of Mississippi issued a strong statement questioning the integrity of the June 24th run-off, asking Are we to stand idly by while potential fraud and corruption may have denied our fellow citizens of their civil rights?
Many Reform party proponents likely hold a sentiment similar to that of Mississippis Libertarians, and could be supportive if OHara chose to step aside and offer his ballot slot to Senator McDaniel.
A recent Chism Strategies poll demonstrates that Mississippi Republicans have been torn asunder by the questionable results of the June 24 run-off. The divide has only intensified as continuing revelations of unethical Cochran/Barbour campaign tactics are exposed.
With the situation on the ground continuing to deteriorate, Shawn OHara may be the one man able to prevent Mississippi from burning. If OHara is a man of his parties planks, he may decide to step aside and offer Mississippi voters a way to put out the fire.
Whatever is necessary to sink Cochran,the thieving, cheating, race-baiting scumbag, I AM IN!
Let’s make sure the Dem candidate wins — that will be the result of Cochran and McDaniel splitting the Republican vote.
Great strategy...for the Democrats.
Why don’t you and the rest of you just make some signs: CONSERVATIVES FOR DEM CONTROLLED SENATE! :(
Republican no matter what? GOP right or wrong? Maybe you don’t realize that this is a conservative site, not a Republican one?
So you would vote for Obama if he switched to the Republican party even if he doesn’t change anything else.
Oh please. The Senate GOP leadership has surrendered to Obama/Reid. Even if Republicans gain a majority there will be zero Conservative leadership with McConnell in charge.
I’m a conservative for a conservative controlled Senate.
Electing Thad Cochran would not achieve that.
D’s and R’s are both sinking the ship at their varying rates of speed. The D’s want all out amnesty for illegals and the R’s want all out amnesty with feel good “border security” legislation coming first.
The D’s want Obamacare with Progressive bells and whistles...the R’s want to replace Obamacare with Romneycare that still saddles everyone with higher health insurance costs and a mandate for everyone to buy it.....
However, Cochran is only the symptom...the poor guy is merely a puppet; this virus has to be ripped out of the republican party and Cochran is as good a place as any to start.
To make it easy, why couldn't the voters just vote for the 3rd party candidate? Also, my apologies for thinking you and others over reacted on election night. Once everything became clear a few days later, I realized I was wrong.
I like it! Wish I was there.
“...this virus has to be ripped out of the republican party and Cochran is as good a place as any to start.
To make it easy, why couldn’t the voters just vote for the 3rd party candidate? ...”
There’s still a chance for McDaniel to achieve his rightful place on the ballot as the Republican candidate. But, failing that, defeating the despicable Cochran and the amnesty minded Mississippi GOPe is our major priority and must be achieved AT ANY COST.
The only way to insure that Cochran is defeated is to VOTE FOR CHILDERS. A vote for a 3rd party is simply a “not a Cochran vote” but a vote for Childers actually nullifies the vote of some misguided soul who is voting for the “lesser of two evils”.
Defeat Cochran by voting for Childers. We must NOT allow the GOPe’s evil deeds in Mississippi to be rewarded with victory. If we do, it will become the modus operandi of the GOPe EVERYWHERE.
He has a right to run a spoiler write-in campaign.
Unfortunately, Dave, third party runs have a deadline that has long since passed.
Cochran is being controlled by the Barbor/Hoseman/Bryant machine to ensure they always have a RINO incumbent bringing the pork home. They’ll have Thad retire to be replaced by one of their goons soon enough.
I’m glad you have identified this as the cancer it is, and I in turn apologize if my own comments were hotheaded on election night and since. After all these years, 2010, 2012, and now 2014, with Karl Rove and his friends working like hell to destroy decent men and women, citizen candidates and small town conservative politicians with every smear tactic in the book that they dare not use against Democrats... I really have a short fuse when it comes to this kind of thing.
You are a scum sucking Democrap troll and you smell.
Get off the board.
Nobody here will advocate voting for the Democrat, but not voting in that particular election is a real option
Here we go again. Once again I have to reveal the logic of the best of two evils. Here it is! If McDaniel loses all chance then we have to consider that the next best thing is to make sure that we have to accept another poor R in the Senate. The Senate takeover by the Republicans is just as important as an R was during the 2012 President run. We have suffered with turning down Romney and you got King Obama. Does anyone realize what they have done. Do it in the Senate in 2014 and then you have destroyed what is left to America. (forgive my poor explaining since I am very very old and health is a problem)
3d parties = socialism
And I will add write in candidates as well.
Cochran is set to the Appropriation chairman.
Get real MS.
Let it fall.
Sorry Agamemnon, you can call me what you wish but I for one am not going to bend over and grab my ankles for the GOPe and support Cochran. I think it essential that he and McConnell be defeated this year as the consequence for their “war on the Tea Party”.
Give Thad and Mitch my ill will when next you see them.
exactly how is a GOPe controlled senate going to be different than what we currently have now?
That is what I told the Republican solicitor that called me today. I told him no money from me, as I have told five or six others, unless they just plain withdraw and disavow Cochran.
He said that is what Obama wants and I told him what difference does it make, a democrat big government tool or a republican big government tool?
Mississippi was a real breaking point for me after years of being a broken glass Republican.
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