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Thad Cochran to run for reelection
politico.com ^ | 12/6/13 | Emily Schultheis

Posted on 12/06/2013 9:40:31 AM PST by cotton1706

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will run for reelection next year, POLITICO has confirmed.

The second most-senior Republican in the Senate guarded his decision so closely that even Senate leaders and top officials at the National Republican Senatorial Committee didn’t know what he was planning until he shared it with the press. He kept the political world waiting for his decision throughout the fall: he originally said he’d make his decision by the end of November, but that deadline passed with no word from the veteran senator.

He first shared his decision in an interview with Gannett on Friday morning.

State insiders largely expected Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, to step down: campaign finance records show he raised just $53,000 in the third quarter of this year, not the kind of sum expected for a senator the fall before a reelection battle. Cochran had $804,000 on hand at the end of September.

Cochran will face a primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a conservative state lawmaker who announced he was running for the seat earlier this fall. State observers say Cochran, with his long history in the state, should have little trouble getting reelected despite the challenge from McDaniel — he’ll have the support of the GOP establishment.

Andy Taggart, an attorney and veteran Republican in the state, said he believes Cochran will “handily defeat” McDaniel in the state’s June 3, 2014, primary.

“[Cochran] has served honorably and well — he has no political enemies in the state,” he said.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections
Now they'll all come out to protect him, so he doesn't end up like Dick Lugar and Bob Bennett.

Cochran's either selfish or was talked into running again.

McDaniel for Senate!!

1 posted on 12/06/2013 9:40:31 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Cochran’s conservative ratings:

Cochran (MS) - 06/03/14 - 46% (Average) - 53% (Heritage) - 48% (CFG) - 52% (ACU) - 29% (FreedomWorks)


2 posted on 12/06/2013 9:41:09 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Time to clean the sewer, ya think?


3 posted on 12/06/2013 9:42:25 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead
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To: cotton1706

30 years he’s been there???

i think thats way too long


4 posted on 12/06/2013 9:43:50 AM PST by Mr. K (If you like you constitution, you can keep it. Period.)
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To: onyx; WKB; wardaddy; LibLieSlayer; Islander7; Sybeck1

Ping.


5 posted on 12/06/2013 9:44:34 AM PST by Black Agnes
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To: WKB; Black Agnes

Here’s what we have been hearing on the radio in print.
I just heard it during Rush’s first news break.


6 posted on 12/06/2013 9:44:54 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Mr. K
30 years he’s been there???

More like 36 years. I think this will be his seventh term.

7 posted on 12/06/2013 9:46:46 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: cotton1706

If I still lived in northeast Jackson ...my youth....I imagine issues like this would have trimmed my dance card.

Less invites to cocktail parties and dove hunts at Bozeman farms


8 posted on 12/06/2013 9:48:07 AM PST by wardaddy (choctaw bingo)
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To: cotton1706

Thad “Poster Boy for Democrat Collaboration” needs to be removed from office, defeated in the Primary, or simply retire.

We don’t need these types of traitors in our midst.


9 posted on 12/06/2013 9:48:31 AM PST by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: cotton1706

This might be good in that a crowded primary field with a number of conservatives could have allowed a less conservative candidate to squeak through. As it is it will be an up or down vote.


10 posted on 12/06/2013 9:50:56 AM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: cotton1706

OK folks, remember that talk is cheap. In addition to talking up McDaniel we also need to support his primary campaign in any way possible.


11 posted on 12/06/2013 9:51:23 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: cotton1706

The corportists will back him because he brings the Sugar Teat back home.


12 posted on 12/06/2013 9:52:01 AM PST by Sybeck1
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To: cotton1706
....he’ll have the support of the GOP establishment.

That should be reason enough, right there, for any Conservative Mississippian to vote against Thad dude.
13 posted on 12/06/2013 9:53:10 AM PST by Din Maker
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To: cotton1706

I agree.


14 posted on 12/06/2013 9:57:25 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: cotton1706

Here’s Chris McDaniel’s campaign site. Let’s support him as much as we can.

http://www.chrismcdanielforsenate.com/


15 posted on 12/06/2013 9:58:24 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: Black Agnes; WKB; LibLieSlayer
Andy Taggart, an attorney and veteran Republican in the state, said he believes Cochran will “handily defeat” McDaniel in the state’s June 3, 2014, primary.

I can't wait to vote for McDaniel on or before June 3, 2014!

16 posted on 12/06/2013 10:02:10 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: cotton1706

Cochran’s gets two thirds of his money from PAC contributions, mostly Agribusiness, followed by lawyers & lobbyists. He’s a player...


17 posted on 12/06/2013 10:04:56 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: onyx

chris...the former democrat?..sorry but not worth the vote


18 posted on 12/06/2013 10:10:54 AM PST by trustnooneever
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To: cotton1706

coch-roach has enemies in every single thinking man and woman in Mississippi. His ass is gone in November.


19 posted on 12/06/2013 10:20:20 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: onyx

I am with you!


20 posted on 12/06/2013 10:22:45 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: trustnooneever
State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) told Breitbart News in an exclusive phone interview that he is running against U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the GOP primary next year because he sees a massive problem with the Republican Party on a national level and thinks that he can join with Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) to help fix it.
21 posted on 12/06/2013 10:25:16 AM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I suspect he’s gone too. I live in a Desoto County and I don’t know anyone who likes Thad. That said, there is no depth too low for the GOP establishment.


22 posted on 12/06/2013 10:47:02 AM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: trustnooneever

Really?
I mean, Really?
Me thinks you are a THAD too much of a COCHRAN troll.


23 posted on 12/06/2013 10:47:40 AM PST by Malichi (!)
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To: cotton1706

Dirtbag. We’ll have to retire this fool the old fashioned way.

CHRIS MCDANIEL FOR SENATE


24 posted on 12/06/2013 10:52:22 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: cotton1706

that’s a disgusting record….Uncle Mitch must be soooo very proud


25 posted on 12/06/2013 10:52:26 AM PST by Nifster
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To: .45 Long Colt

I hear you but I think there are enough people that are fed up with both cochran and wicker.


26 posted on 12/06/2013 10:56:28 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Mr. K
30 years he’s been there???

i think thats way too long

Indeed. Waaay too long and ineffectual the whole time to boot.

Support Chris McDaniel to oust Thad Cochran in MS

27 posted on 12/06/2013 11:06:23 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: cotton1706; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; jdirt; ...

Ms PING


28 posted on 12/06/2013 12:13:44 PM PST by WKB
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To: cotton1706
Obama, Pelosi, and Reed need to come to the State and campaign for him as he is one of theirs.
29 posted on 12/06/2013 12:16:20 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: cotton1706

>> Cochran (MS) - 06/03/14 - 46% (Average) - 53% (Heritage) - 48% (CFG) - 52% (ACU) - 29% (FreedomWorks)<<

True enough. But IIRC, he has very high ratings from the NRA and various pro-life groups. The reason he gets such low ratings from the others is that he is one of the Senate’s top ear-markers.

In other words, he has delivered billions of dollars to Mississippi, and whether we like it or not, all of that pork for the home folks — plus his pro-gun and pro-life records — should get him re-elected easily.


30 posted on 12/06/2013 12:22:28 PM PST by Hawthorn
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To: cotton1706

Primary qualifying is from Jan. 1 - Mar. 1, 2014. In less than three months
we’ll know who is in and who is out.


31 posted on 12/06/2013 12:28:08 PM PST by deport
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To: cotton1706

Probably talked into it. The only questions is who profits from his staying? Who is making money because he remains in office, and, then of course, McConnell, who needs to stay as Leader.


32 posted on 12/06/2013 12:56:53 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Hawthorn

If those things remains important. Suppose, though, the “I” word comes to means something. Can we expect a 75 year old placeman to stand up and fight. McDaniel needs to make Obama the issue.


33 posted on 12/06/2013 1:01:13 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: cotton1706

My guess is Cochran will run, win and sometime after the 2014 elections retire and let Gov. Bryant appoint a republican senator.
They are afraid if Cochran retires or loses in a primary then Jim Hood the Atty. Gen will run and be strong competition.
McDaniel would be the best guy for the job but this is just the way I see things happening.


34 posted on 12/06/2013 1:55:00 PM PST by Hurricane
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To: LibLieSlayer

They both need to go for sure. I used to like Wicker pretty well, but he has been moving left.


35 posted on 12/06/2013 2:01:43 PM PST by .45 Long Colt
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To: onyx; Black Agnes

Andy Taggart was a supervisor in Hinds Co in a very safe district. He pretended he was going to run for reelection. An hour or so before the dead line he announced he wasn’t. His good friend was waiting court house. He walked in and Qualified to run. Too much like dimorats for me. Pi** on Andy Taggart


36 posted on 12/06/2013 3:18:24 PM PST by WKB
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To: WKB

He just looks scummy. Like a used car salesman.


37 posted on 12/06/2013 3:52:35 PM PST by Black Agnes
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To: Mr. K

He was first elected to Congress in 1972 and to the Senate in 1978.


38 posted on 12/06/2013 7:05:14 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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