Skip to comments.Mississippi Runoff: Thad Cochran's Last Hurrah?
Posted on 06/24/2014 1:25:37 PM PDT by nickcarraway
For the second time in three weeks, Thad Cochran is facing the prospect of becoming the first incumbent senator to lose a re-election bid this cycle.
But unlike the June 3 GOP primary in Mississippi, which Cochran narrowly lost, there will be no second chances in Tuesdays runoff. This could well be the 36-year Senate veterans last hurrah.
A small pool of polls shows state Sen. Chris McDaniel leading him heading into Election Day 2.0. The RealClearPolitics polling average finds the insurgent with a 6.3 percentage-point advantage.
In their first contest, the 76-year-old lawmaker fell behind his 41-year-old conservative challenger by a few thousand votes. But since neither candidate garnered 50 percent of the vote, the contentious and divisive battle was extended.
Cochrans prospects didnt look good then, and they havent improved in the interim. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor succumbed to an upstart challenger two weeks ago in a stunning race that may have altered the prevailing narrative about the Tea Partys waning influence in primaries.
McDaniel has seized on Cantors loss in Virginia to energize supporters in his home state, referencing that outcome during campaign stops and reminding voters that shock waves can happen in this GOP primary, too. Club for Growth, a conservative group that has spent heavily on the Mississippi race, started running ads in the state immediately after the Cantor defeat, accusing Cochran of feeling entitled to the seat hes held for over three decades and losing touch with voters.
Unlike some of his colleagues, Cochran never really adjusted his re-election strategy to either align with or combat head-on the so-called Tea Party insurgency. Asked about Cantors loss a couple of days afterward, Cochran said he didnt know about the huge upset. His comment to a Fox News reporter was noteworthy, given his own predicament:
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Most Ds won’t care who wins.
The RINO Rat Thad Cochran was among the turncoat Republicans who voted for the ignominious MLK holiday in October 1983. Conservative Patriots such as Barry Goldwater, Jesse Helms and John Tower rightly repudiated this travesty. It’s utterly disgusting that a commie sympathizer has a named holiday but the Father of Our Country, George Washington is relegated to the generic “President’s Day”.
This is the reason you’re against Cochran? The MLK holiday? You have to be a liberal troll. No one is still talking about this.
Democrats are the like a Chicago Street gang... so, you’re right - they won’t care.
Bye Thad...your senility made you a liberal... starting when you first got elected...
Sure "FRiend", all of my 86 threads and 6,374 replies have been written to advance the cause of liberalism. And as for the union I busted back in 1983, was that even more of my liberal trolling? What about the Conservative church I attend where most of the congregation, including the preacher, comes armed to Sunday school and worship -- an example of more liberal trolling, eh?
J. Danforth Quayle also voted for the King holiday.
Not surprising in light of this: Obama finds defender in Dan Quayle.
There's less to that than the headline suggests.
Just one golf-loving retired guy putting in a good word for another.