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How Thad Cochran snagged an unlikely runoff win
The Washington Examiner ^ | June 27, 2014 | CHRIS MCDANIEL

Posted on 06/27/2014 5:17:44 AM PDT by don-o

Sen. Thad Cochran pulled off a rare move in politics: An upset of an upset.

After the 76-year-old Mississippi Republican came in second in the state's June 3 primary to state Sen. Chris McDaniel, he rallied to pull off a surprising win in the runoff two weeks later.

So how did he do it?

Republican insiders and others who followed the race well told the Washington Examiner that Cochran's campaign and its outside supporters courted non-traditional primary voters, improved their ground game and sharpened their messaging to win the runoff.

“When we realized there was going to be a runoff, we thought McDaniel was capped with his support and that Sen. Cochran had a lot more upside he could tap into,” said Henry Barbour, who ran a pro-Cochran super PAC and served as the driving force behind the Mississippi GOP Establishment's push.

The Cochran campaign and its supporters made key adjustments for the two-week runoff campaign, changes that were at least partly enabled by Mississippi election law. The state doesn’t register voters by party and all primaries are open, with runoffs open to all registered voters, whether they voted in the initial primary or not, as long as they did not vote in another party’s primary.

Both Cochran and McDaniel increased their vote totals from the June 3 primary, but Cochran finished on top by 2 percentage points, 51 percent to 49 percent, or almost 7,000 votes, in round two.

Here are the factors credited by the pro-Cochran forces for the win:

• Courting non-traditional voters. The Cochran campaign and the outside groups that supported the senator make no bones about it: They targeted voters who typically vote Democrat, including teachers, union members and African-Americans.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: barbour; cochran; mcdaniel; ms2014
Republican "big tent" strategy. Throw integrity and principle out the door. I truly believe Reagan you have to say, "The Republican Party left me."
1 posted on 06/27/2014 5:17:45 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Article fails to mention the race card play. That was big, of course.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 5:21:03 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

This is going to have long term repercussions in the same way the Elian Gonzalez situation affected dimocrat turnout in south Floridas Cuban community in 2000.

I predict cochrans seat turns dim in November.

The elites want a scorched earth policy? I think they are going to get it....just not like they expected.


3 posted on 06/27/2014 5:23:39 AM PDT by Josa
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To: don-o

I would love to see Cochran lose the general election.

Yeah, yeah, I know. Party loyalty and all that crap.

Screw it!


4 posted on 06/27/2014 5:26:00 AM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: don-o
Mississippi has always been a Socially Conservative/Fiscally Marxist state. Democrat Theodore Bilbo, a huge Franklin Roosevelt ally and New Dealer, thought black people were apes...he also proposed taxing the wealthy at abominable rates.

Mississippi politicians are very good at back-door, behind-the-scenes wheeling-n-dealing. Mississippi voters also like that their Representatives and Senators bring the Gubmint goodies home. However, the thing that gives Mississippi effective Congressmen makes for poor vision and overall leadership. It's no coincidence that Mississippi's only President was Jefferson Davis, a well-qualified man (led men in battle, was perhaps the best Secretary of War America ever had, knew all the nuances of federal government) but was petty, venal, and easily offended (not the right formula for being the first leader of your own country)....

5 posted on 06/27/2014 5:26:11 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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To: don-o

This cheating strategy should be punished severely by conservatives in November. They should throw Cochran under the bus, as they were thrown under the bus in the run-off.

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you, “ should pertain to Haley Barbour in this situation. Boss Hogg thinks he can get away with this corruption, but he shouldn’t.


6 posted on 06/27/2014 5:26:51 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: don-o
He did it by race-baiting, just like a good Democrat.
7 posted on 06/27/2014 5:27:00 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: x1stcav

The GOP is going to win control of the Senate regardless of what happens in Mississippi. I say let Travis Childers win it, then try to get him to switch parties (very common thing in Mississippi).


8 posted on 06/27/2014 5:27:39 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Ob)
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I think TEA party people should have T-shirts printed up that say “Republicans for...whoever is running against Cochran”


9 posted on 06/27/2014 5:30:55 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: don-o

The article is attributed to Chris McDaniels, when the real author is David Drucker. At first I thought McDaniels was referring to himself in third person, a la Bob Dole.


10 posted on 06/27/2014 5:31:06 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: x1stcav
I would love to see Cochran lose the general election.

I would rather see a successful challenge to the runoff and a court ordered second runoff.

11 posted on 06/27/2014 5:32:19 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

I don’t think integrity and principle were ever even part of it.

Somebody here posted a flyer that Cochran’s people had distributed in black areas. It was appalling and I really think black people should be offended by the approach: Cochran will give you more food stamps, he’ll build a museum or something for MLK, he’ll give you more welfare benefits...meanwhile, it claimed that McDaniel had been affiliated with racist organizations, etc. (not true, of course).

So I don’t think it’s really the “big tent.” It was an utterly cynical, contemptuous pitch to gullible, greedy people whose vote can be bought with the offer of more food stamps and a little stirring up of racial animosity. Once upon a time, Dem politicians in Boston used to roam the streets at election time with bottles of booze, cigarettes, and dollar bills to hand out to voters, combined with dire warnings that the opponent was anti-Irish. It worked.

I guess the only difference now is that this new batch of pols expect DC to hand out the bribes and don’t even have to come up with their own dollars.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 5:32:43 AM PDT by livius
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To: Dr. Sivana
The article is attributed to Chris McDaniels, when the real author is David Drucker.

My mistake. Posting before coffee is not recommended.

13 posted on 06/27/2014 5:34:14 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: don-o

The GOP is, and has been dead for a few years now. Thank goodness because they clearly do not represent conservatives.


14 posted on 06/27/2014 5:35:35 AM PDT by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: x1stcav

Cochran will NOT win in November.


15 posted on 06/27/2014 5:36:39 AM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: don-o

How???

by running as a Democrat and committing vote fraud.


16 posted on 06/27/2014 5:39:03 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: don-o

That’s okay, I misspelled McDaniel’s last name!


17 posted on 06/27/2014 5:39:13 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("If you're litigating against nuns, you've probably done something wrong."-Ted Cruz)
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To: livius
So I don’t think it’s really the “big tent.” It was an utterly cynical, contemptuous pitch to gullible, greedy people whose vote can be bought

There are different ways to build that big tent. Out pandering the Democrats was actually pretty slick. Shameless, but slick.

One thing I saw HAS disappointed me a little. I know that for whatever reason, Cruz pledged to not get involved. But, as the despicable tactics have come to light, I am hoping that he might speak up.

18 posted on 06/27/2014 5:44:42 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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Through much of the initial primary campaign, Cochran was out of site, and when he was visible his message was muddled.

C'mon, Examiner. You can do better than this. You need a better proof reader.

19 posted on 06/27/2014 5:48:59 AM PDT by randita
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To: Dr. Sivana
referring to himself in third person, a la Bob Dole

Bob Dole resents that!

20 posted on 06/27/2014 6:03:36 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: livius
[i]Somebody here posted a flyer that Cochran’s people had distributed in black areas. It was appalling and I really think black people should be offended by the approach: Cochran will give you more food stamps, he’ll build a museum or something for MLK, he’ll give you more welfare benefits...meanwhile, it claimed that McDaniel had been affiliated with racist organizations, etc. (not true, of course).[/i]

Exactly. I'll give it to you in a nutshell: "More Free Shit." Period.

Wherever he is, I think MLK is giving a great big facepalm.
21 posted on 06/27/2014 6:17:44 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: 98ZJ USMC

Ooops, wrong tags.


22 posted on 06/27/2014 6:19:09 AM PDT by 98ZJ USMC
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To: don-o; Dr. Sivana; Admin Moderator

>> My mistake. Posting before coffee is not recommended <<

You should ask the Admin Moderator to correct it.


23 posted on 06/27/2014 6:32:22 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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>> You need a better proof reader. <<

Yepp, wee awl no Cochroan waz outta cite!


24 posted on 06/27/2014 6:35:43 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: don-o

From all this, it’s pretty obvious that the Rats want to run against Cockroach rather than McDaniel.


25 posted on 06/27/2014 6:37:43 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: don-o

That would be a perfect world.


26 posted on 06/27/2014 6:52:16 AM PDT by x1stcav ("The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.")
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To: Dr. Sivana

It couldn’t have been written better by Haley Barbour himself.


27 posted on 06/27/2014 6:57:19 AM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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