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McDaniel Unveils Another Strategy Against Thad Cochran
The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2014 | Neil Munro

Posted on 06/30/2014 4:50:41 AM PDT by don-o

Volunteers working for tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi say they have already found 20 percent of the invalid double-votes they need to cancel Sen. Thad Cochran’s business-funded runoff victory.

“We’re finished with Hinds County, and we’re up to 1,500” invalid votes, said Noel Fritsch, Daniel’s press aide.

That’s critical because McDaniel can force another runoff if he can find more invalid votes than Cochran’s roughly 7,000-vote margin-of-victory on June 24. Votes are invalidated if voters cast ballots in both the Democrats’ June 3 primary and the GOP’s run-off on June 24.

However, McDaniel can also force another election even if he can’t find 7,000 invalid ballots, said Fritsch.

“We don’t have to prove that we have 7,000 [invalid] votes…. all there needs to be is enough doubt about the election, and we’re confident about that,” he said.

That “cancel by doubt” strategy gives the McDaniel campaign an incentive to collect evidence about possible vote-buying and other potentially unethical behavior by Cochran’s campaign.

So far, there are many reports about shady outreach to Democratic voters supposedly undertaken by Cochran and his allies, particularly done by relatives of former Gov. Haley Barbour.

For example, The Daily Caller reported that Henry Barbour, the head of the Mississippi Conservatives PAC and the nephew of Haley Barbour, paid Democratic operative Mitzi Bickers “to make paid calls to potential Cochran supporters.” Those calls may have spurred many loyal Democrats to cast invalid votes.

In the search for improper votes, GOP officials who are affiliated with Cochran’s campaign are trying to block McDaniel’s search for invalidated votes that are recorded in the poll books, Fritsch said.

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However, 19,000 absentee voters cast ballots in the GOP run-off, and many of those votes may be improper, say McDaniel’s allies.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: barbour; cochran; mcdaniel; mississippi
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1 posted on 06/30/2014 4:50:42 AM PDT by don-o
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To: don-o

Wow - first I’ve heard of this !!!


2 posted on 06/30/2014 4:52:51 AM PDT by 11th_VA (Decriminalize Tax Evasion)
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To: don-o

Anybody interested in letting the Republican National Committee know what you think about this matter: http://www.gop.com/contact-us/
Have at it.


3 posted on 06/30/2014 4:56:57 AM PDT by all the best
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To: don-o

The doofus McDaniel should have had a strategy BEFORE the runoff date. Such as attacking Cochran for his support for amnesty — which Dave Brat used to decimate Eric Cantor. But he sat there and refused to rally the White base, while Cochran rallied the Democrat’s Black base. Idiot.


4 posted on 06/30/2014 5:00:36 AM PDT by montag813
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To: don-o

Anyone know what might trigger a recount? It’s common for a recount to be automatically triggered if the margin of victory is .5% or less. But also a recount can commonly be triggered if it’s proven that there were substantial irregularities with the voting. Often, the loser is highly pressured to waive their right to a recount to keep “party unity”.

Not sure what MS law requires, but apparently McDaniel doesn’t need to find 7,000 illegal votes, but enough to show the election was tainted - wonder what that threshold is.


5 posted on 06/30/2014 5:02:49 AM PDT by randita
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To: don-o

They should immediately bring charges against those 1500 fraudulent voters. After so many have spent plenty on a lawyer or spent a few days in the slammer, reduce/drop the charges when they tell who got them to vote.

Advertise “if you voted illegally in the June 24 runoff, you will be prosecuted. Admit it before xxx and charges will be reduced/dropped”.

I’m sure that won’t work like I want - but it’s fun to imagine it working ;)


6 posted on 06/30/2014 5:03:51 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: 11th_VA
In the search for improper votes, GOP officials who are affiliated with Cochran’s campaign are trying to block McDaniel’s search for invalidated votes that are recorded in the poll books, Fritsch said.

Says it all....

7 posted on 06/30/2014 5:08:54 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: don-o

They can find the rest in Madison, Oktibbeha, Humphreys, and Holmes Counties.


8 posted on 06/30/2014 5:09:38 AM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: montag813

Wow, a doofus? He ran a good campaign.Where is your outrage against barbour and company?


9 posted on 06/30/2014 5:10:03 AM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: don-o

What McDaniel might do is demand indictment of the individual fraudulent voter AND the poll official that helped in the crime. He would only have to do that a few times to scare the voter fraud out of Thad’s Black Legions and crooked Democrat poll officials all over the South. Then run a write-in campaign that would beat the Democrats in the race (Cochran and the other guy).


10 posted on 06/30/2014 5:11:08 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: don-o

um... how can he prove who they voted for?


11 posted on 06/30/2014 5:11:54 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
Wow, a doofus? He ran a good campaign.Where is your outrage against barbour and company?

They are evil incarnate. But McDaniel KNEW this, and they said they would target Blacks. Cochran is PRO-AMNESTY. Many groups contacted him and made public statements urging MCDaniel to copy Dave Brat and slam Cochran over illegal immigration -- especially with the disaster on the border. He would have destroyed him. He refused. THAT makes me angry.

12 posted on 06/30/2014 5:12:38 AM PDT by montag813
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To: TexasFreeper2009

> um... how can he prove who they voted for?

He only needs to prove that they voted in both the Democrat primary and the Republican run-off, which is illegal.


13 posted on 06/30/2014 5:18:57 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: don-o

Anyone know what might trigger a recount? It’s common for a recount to be automatically triggered if the margin of victory is .5% or less. But also a recount can commonly be triggered if it’s proven that there were substantial irregularities with the voting. Often, the loser is highly pressured to waive their right to a recount to keep “party unity”.

Not sure what MS law requires, but apparently McDaniel doesn’t need to find 7,000 illegal votes, but enough to show the election was tainted - wonder what that threshold is.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 5:18:58 AM PDT by randita
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Can’t prove they voted for Cochran, but can’t disprove it either. So the only recourse is to petition for a new and fair election.


15 posted on 06/30/2014 5:20:35 AM PDT by randita
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To: Westbrook

I think they should be focusing on closing the primary system personally.


16 posted on 06/30/2014 5:22:26 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: all the best

Don’t think it will do any good but I fired off a message letting them know how despicable the actions in MS were.

I don’t think the national GOP believe they can do much as they need Cochran’s seat if he prevails in court or as opponent to a possible McDaniel’s write-in campaign.

Even if there are those in the national GOP that deplore the tactics used in MS, they can’t risk losing the game by chastising the beanball throwers.

But some beanballs have infuriated people so much that fans come out of the stands and onto the field. Then that brings some real problems.

If the Tea Party movement keeps this alive, and ‘comes down out of the stands and onto the field’ to chase and nab the beanballers, meaning that they protest and make progress in court or the Mississippi protest goes national then I expect the national GOP to pay some lip service and act like they care.

All in all, those who are influential and near the top of the national GOP are going to pay for MS one way or the other. Just how much they pay remains to be seen but I believe it won’t be a small amount.


17 posted on 06/30/2014 5:24:27 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

> I think they should be focusing on closing the primary
> system personally.

Agreed, but the horse is out of the barn on this one, so McDaniels is doing what he can to unwind the mess.


18 posted on 06/30/2014 5:24:41 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: don-o

Any word yet on hard drive crashes in the county clerks’ offices in Mississippi? Happens all the time you know.


19 posted on 06/30/2014 5:26:37 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: Hostage

> I don’t think the national GOP believe they can do much as
> they need Cochran’s seat

They have lost this seat. Even if McDaniels prevails, the slime left behind by cockroach Cochran and McDaniels has probably already forfeited the seat.


20 posted on 06/30/2014 5:26:45 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: montag813

You are putting blame where blame isn’t due. I blame the blacks for their fraud as much as I do the Cochran campaign. McDaniel knew the blacks vote lockstep for DEMS and didn’t think they would lower themselves to commit fraud. Your type makes me sick - troll!


21 posted on 06/30/2014 5:28:03 AM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: randita

Not a recount situation. if the number of illegal votes exceeds the difference, the usual remedy is to order a new election.


22 posted on 06/30/2014 5:28:06 AM PDT by Redmen4ever
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To: don-o; WKB; paintriot; Lil Flower; Malichi; WXRGina; duffee; onyx; DrewsMum; Tupelo; mstar; ...

Ping #4


23 posted on 06/30/2014 5:29:42 AM PDT by WKB
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To: randita

I don’t think it will be a recount. It will be a new primary election.

But the new election needs to have heavy monitoring for vote fraud and McDaniel needs to run ads to reach out to blacks with a response to Cochran’s misleading remarks about his being a racist or a member of the KKK etc.

Personally I think McDaniel can win as a write-in because the black dems that crossed over for Cochran won’t be there in November.


24 posted on 06/30/2014 5:30:24 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: montag813
"rally the White base"??? Whoa...is that you, Haley?
25 posted on 06/30/2014 5:30:44 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: don-o; All
FYI..I don't recall seeing this story from National Review posted... Meet Mitzi Bickers "The scandal plagued Dem operative who worked he black vote for Cochran...a good read
26 posted on 06/30/2014 5:31:04 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

The RINO’s tried to steal this election.

Chris McDaniel is fighting back.

If you care about the country, go to McDaniel2014.com and make a contribution.

He needs our financial support now. Are you all talk and no action?


27 posted on 06/30/2014 5:31:51 AM PDT by Oak Grove (H)
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To: Hostage

What the gop is not reckoning is the extreme dislike these tactics have generated for their pet candidate. The only way to hold this seat is for McDaniel to be the candidate. Cochran will lose the seat after these shenanigans.


28 posted on 06/30/2014 5:34:27 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: GilesB

The first poll I saw after the primary had Cochran under 50%. In this state that’s pretty bad.


29 posted on 06/30/2014 5:36:39 AM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Westbrook

I was stating what I think they believe, not what I think they should do.

I draw an analogy that this is like a scrimmage between players on the same team and some of the Coach’s pet players are kicking their teammates in the balls and sucker punching them.


30 posted on 06/30/2014 5:36:55 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: randita

Actually, I think they CAN prove who they voted for. If the DEM voted in the primary on 6/3 - its safe to assume he/she voted DEM. However, on 6/24 - if that same person voted - it stands to reason that it was a vote for a REPUBLICAN - because of the runoff - and its also safe to assume if that person is black they sure didn’t vote for McDaniel. Is this a racist comment? No - just factual.


31 posted on 06/30/2014 5:41:33 AM PDT by Catsrus (A)
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To: Principled

19,000 absentee votes?

Holy Cow...with only 3 weeks between the primary and the runoff, how were 19,000 absentee ballots printed, mailed and returned within 3 weeks?

Were they already standing by?


32 posted on 06/30/2014 5:42:40 AM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Hostage
But some beanballs have infuriated people so much that fans come out of the stands and onto the field. Then that brings some real problems.

Nice analogy.

33 posted on 06/30/2014 5:43:41 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: GilesB

McConnell looks like he will lose also. But I don’t think Bevin could win as a write-in candidate against McConnell whereas I think McDaniel is strong enough to win as a write-in.

Decision time....Tea Party people need to press forward and get McDaniel back in the game and win the Senate seat. And McConnell needs to go bye-bye with the unfortunate loss of a GOP Senate seat.

God knows America needs real conservatives in its Senate. Reelecting corrupt scum will do more harm than good; they have to be taken out.

Who has the math on the GOP taking the Senate if McConnell loses and McDaniel wins in November?


34 posted on 06/30/2014 5:45:28 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: Delta Dawn

They were sitting in the trunk of Haley Barbour’s limo.


35 posted on 06/30/2014 5:45:59 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: montag813

you have now taken the lead in “dumb post of the day” award…...


36 posted on 06/30/2014 5:47:47 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: Hostage

Good analogy.

I would add breaking bones, assuring that the team will lose.


37 posted on 06/30/2014 5:52:12 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: ken5050

Meet what appears to be one of the keys to Thad Cochran’s black-turnout operation, Mitzi Bickers.

She is, from all appearances, something of a renaissance woman: She is not only the pastor of Atlanta’s Emmanuel Baptist Church but also a former president of the Atlanta school board, a former construction-company executive, and a Democratic staffer and political strategist with a checkered past. Last year, she left her job as a senior adviser to Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed after news surfaced that she had filed a fraudulent financial-disclosure statement.

38 posted on 06/30/2014 5:52:17 AM PDT by blam
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To: C. Edmund Wright

you have now taken the lead in “dumb post of the day”

Yes - he has my vote


39 posted on 06/30/2014 5:56:18 AM PDT by aumrl (let's keep it real Conservatives)
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To: Delta Dawn

Yeah this was a cheat.


40 posted on 06/30/2014 6:01:46 AM PDT by Principled (Obama: Unblemished by success.)
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To: montag813

“The doofus McDaniel should have had a strategy BEFORE the runoff date. Such as attacking Cochran for his support for amnesty — which Dave Brat used to decimate Eric Cantor.”

Yup, McDaniel should have went to black churches and told them...’vote for the racist that wants to block you from voting, close the schools and starve your children, because Cockroach is for amnesty.’

I’ll bet that would have worked./eye-roll.


41 posted on 06/30/2014 6:05:17 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: montag813

You said that McDaniel refused to attack Cochran for being pro-amnesty.

Really?

Maybe there is more to explain McDaniel’s loss than just Cochran’s treachery...


42 posted on 06/30/2014 6:05:36 AM PDT by pfony1 (Add just 6 GOP Senators and we "bury" Harry)
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To: pfony1

LOL, you guys are too obvious! You gave yourselves away. Who is paying you Haley or the dems?


43 posted on 06/30/2014 6:11:00 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Hostage

Mississippi does not allow write in votes, as I understand it. Time to quit wasting energy and thought on this tactic.

The only hope is for McDaniel to successfully challenge the runoff results. Barring that, vote for the dem to defeat the establishment scum and help destroy the gop.


44 posted on 06/30/2014 6:11:06 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: montag813

McDaniel did have a strategy. His ads were there. They were smothered by the spending for Cochran.


45 posted on 06/30/2014 6:11:39 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: montag813
I'm not going to blame the victim (McDaniels) here and I no longer want the 'pubs to have a majority in the US Senate unless this outrage ends and McDaniels gets the nomination.

That being said, you do make a point. The invasion of the US IS the issue, as evidenced by those constitutional conservatives who speak forcefully and convincingly against it are the ones winning in primaries. Any "conservative" who does not make that their prime issue just might be a phony.

With McDaniels, I hope it's a lesson learned. Disgust with the invasion of the US is what brings voters to the Republican candidate. Brat won because of his 100% rating with Numbers USA. JMHO

46 posted on 06/30/2014 6:12:16 AM PDT by grania
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To: Ingtar

The despicable nature of the Cochran team’s strategy cannot be rewarded.

Who’s going to vote for a guy whose campaign just called you a racist?


47 posted on 06/30/2014 6:16:07 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: randita
There is a difference between "triggering a recount" and reversing the outcome. In this case, the strategy is not counting ballots, but invalidating a certain number of votes. The ballots probably look okay, IOW, there are few ballots invalidated because of the contents of the ballots. The margin is too wide to win by finding a small fraction of ballots where the intention of the voter can't be discerned, but a vote was tallied for one candidate or the other. I don;t know of any challenge based on errors in counting, either.

The threshold for "enough taint" to draw the election into question is roughly the margin of victory, or something pretty close to it. If the margin of victory is 6,700, and the number of tainted ballots is 2,000, the margin of victory is still substantial, and not enough to draw the outcome into question.

48 posted on 06/30/2014 6:16:09 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Barbour sued to close the primary a few years ago, and lost. Mississippi is a “no affiliation” state, where a voters choice in a primary is recorded in a poll book so a voter who votes in more than one party’s primary can be detected and nullified.


49 posted on 06/30/2014 6:18:14 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Westbrook
-- Even if McDaniels prevails, the slime left behind by cockroach Cochran and McDaniels has probably already forfeited the seat. --

I doubt it. Mississippi is a very solid GOP seat, and the number of voters in the general is much greater than the number of voters in the primary.

50 posted on 06/30/2014 6:19:42 AM PDT by Cboldt
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