Skip to comments.Poll: Tea Party's Chris McDaniel Neck-and-Neck with 36-Year Incumbent Thad Cochran
Posted on 04/03/2014 5:26:32 AM PDT by cotton1706
A new poll from the Tea Party Express shows that Tea Party primary challenger and state Sen. Chris McDaniel is locked in a tight race with 36-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) two months from the election.
A poll of 400 likely primary voters conducted by NSON Opinion Strategy found that when asked if they would support McDaniel or Cochran in the primary, 37 percent said McDaniel, whereas 45 percent said Cochran.
After being told that the Tea Party Express and other Tea Party groups back McDaniel, when asked which candidate they would support, 42 percent said they would vote for McDaniel, 41 percent for Cochran, creating a statistical tie.
Cross tab polling data provided to Breitbart News also shows that 35 percent of likely GOP primary voters have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of McDaniel. The data also shows that 29 percent have an either somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable opinion of McDaniel. Another 25 percent have never heard of McDaniel, and 29 percent have no opinion.
Tea Party Express chief strategist Sal Russo said in a statement that the poll validates the powerful impact of the Tea Party in national politics since the first impact was recognized in the special election upset victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts in early 2010.
Economic conservatives, driven by the grassroots Tea Party movement, are going to be a determining factor in electing Republicans, Russo said. Voters are looking for fiscal conservatives willing to fight to reduce the size, cost, and intrusiveness of the federal government with pro-growth policies that will boost the economy.
Among other groups, Tea Party Express has endorsed McDaniel. McDaniel also has the endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
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I think old Thad is about to finally learn what the Tea Party is.
I just hope if McDaniel wins the nomination, he doesn’t find some way to deep-six his candidacy as Bevin did in KY.
A 36 year incumbent. Gee, anyone think he’s part of the problem?
What happened to Bevin? I just mailed him a donation Monday.
25 percent have never heard of McDaniel
Wait a minute.... 400 “likely Primary voters” were surveyed and 25 percent have never heard of Chris McDaniel. LOL.... Trust me, that 25 percent will NOT be voting in the Primary.
Underestimate “old Thad” at your own peril. He doesn’t keep getting re-elected by accident. You can bet your bottom dollar that many very rich and very powerful folks in the Magnolia State want to continue doin’ bidness with Ol’ Thad, and will do whatever is necessary to keep him in office.
37 percent said McDaniel, whereas 45 percent said Cochran.
I’m not a “math” person, but 37 + 45 = 82 percent. That means 18 percent are undecided. A very large percentage of The Undecided Vote always goes to the Challenger in a political race. So, it’s looking good for Chris McDaniel.
I just hope...McDaniel.....doesnt find some way to deep-six his candidacy as Bevin did in KY.
OK, refresh my memory Scott. What did Bevin do?
Bevin appeared and spoke at a pro-cockfighting gathering and tried to shrug it away with a states-rights argument. It's easy to blow such an even off... once you're already elected, but when you're trying to sell yourself as someone who will ably represent the interests of the citizens of the state, that sales job gets far more difficult.
He won't. He's Ted Cruz smart.
I met him person.
If he’s pulled to that close, the point is that it’s becoming a race. And that’s what McDaniels needs to defeat Thad. But pulling 36% in a Tea-Party-friendly poll is NOT neck and neck.
FYI. We're NOT misunderestimating OLD FOSSIL THAD at all.
We're trying our level best to get out the vote for Chris McDaniel to overcome the corrupt old fossils for THAD, like Haley Barbour and his cronies
As a matter of fact and FYI, Chris McDaniel is the first actual and worthy opponent OLD FOSSIL has encountered, so thank you very much for trying to take the wind out of our sails.
I did not realize there was a pro cockfighting lobby. Who is in to cockfighting besides Mexicans these days?
I guess my two questions would be: 1. Did he know what the folks at the gathering represented? 2. Is cock fighting legal in KY? If the answer to #2 is in the affirmative, then I’d have to say all citizens deserve the opportunity to participate in the election process and he has the right to speak to ALL the people who will be part of his constituency if he gets elected. As far as I’m concerned, he has the right to campaign at a Hell’s Angel bar or a gay bar; if he so chooses.
Who is in to cockfighting besides Mexicans these days?
Red Necks.....and possibly Michael Vick.
Cockfighting isn't legal in Kentucky, but the group whose gather Bevin attended is pushing for legalization.
he has the right to speak to ALL the people who will be part of his constituency if he gets elected.
Of course... I couldn't agree more. But the population of Free Republic isn't who he needs to win over... he needs to win a battle of narratives reaching the entire cross-section of voters, and attendance at a meeting of proponents of an activity that's largely seen as akin to dogfighting isn't the way to do it.