Skip to comments.Cochran up big in general, McDaniel supporters still mad
Posted on 07/19/2014 10:26:38 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
PPP's new Mississippi poll find Thad Cochran has a strong advantage for the general election- but that the fallout from last month's divisive runoff has left a lot of voters undecided. Cochran's at 40% to 24% for Democrat Travis Childers and 5% for Reform Party candidate Shawn O'Hara, with 31% of voters still undecided.
Cochran's emerged from the primary popular with Democrats (58/22 approval) and unpopular with Republicans (39/52). Cochran is particularly well liked by African Americans, sporting a 59/20 approval rating, and even narrowly leading Childers with them at 37/36. Cochran is only polling at 48% among GOP voters though with 37% still undecided, reflecting a lot of McDaniel supporters who are still so angry they can't bring themselves to say they'll vote for Cochran in November.
In general Mississippians think Cochran won the Republican runoff fair and square. 58% think he was the rightful winner to only 29% who believe McDaniel was, and 50% think McDaniel should concede to only 35% who believe he should keep on fighting. McDaniel voters are pretty unanimous in thinking he was done wrong though- 81% think he was the rightful winner of the runoff to just 10% who believe Cochran was. And they want him to keep on fighting- only 28% think he should concede to 63% that want him to keep on challenging the outcome of the election.
The protracted fight is having a pretty negative impact on McDaniel's image beyond his support base though. He now has a 29/53 favorability rating, and he actually trails Childers by a point in a hypothetical match up at 37/36, with the Reform Party candidate getting 4%. He may be hurting his ability to run successfully for office in the future.
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The GOPe disgusts AND wins. This is not good.
McDaniel should not give up.
PPP is a Team Romney Poll
— the same group that create the vote fraud.
I don’t buy that the Democrats are sticking with Cochran
There is no doubt that Cochran won the runoff via dirty pool and I don’t fault McDaniel for being angry. That being said, open runoffs are the law in Mississippi and contesting the results would be counter productive. As I pointed out to a fellow Freeper a while back and as Ann Coulter pointed out recently, McDaniel will be tainted as a sore loser if he doesn’t let this go. He can push for closed primaries, which wouldn be a good idea, but otherwise he needs to let this go.
Political historians on FR may recall the Alabama Democrat Gubenatorial runoff in 1986. In that runoff, conservative AG Charlie Graddick narrowly edged liberal LG Bill Baxley after appealing to voters who had voted in the Republican primary. Baxley appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court, who overturned the runoff. The state party named Baxley as the nominee, but he was tagged a sore loser and everyone was suprirsed when Guy Hunt won the general election, ruining Baxley’s once-promising career.
Incidentally, Graddick is now a Republican and a state judge.
PPP has been the most accurate poll the last two cycles and are usually QUITE accurate. I don’t care source. I car about results.
So. The numbers are probably accurate. We need to start screaming.
I’d be all for McDaniel’s challenge if I thought it would succeed, no matter how it made him look. But I can’t see that happening. I would appear the rat State Supreme Court violated the law on behalf of Baxley back in ‘86.
Conservatives in MS need to lobby HARD to close the primaries.
I support McDaniel 100%. This was fraud, pure and simple.
Did Ann Coulter write this under a pen name?
I am a McDaniel voter and I wasn’t him to press on to show what length the establishment will go to win dirty. If Cochran is on the ballot I am voting Childers. It is the only positive way to remove Cochran. Staying home and voting third party are not a way to get him out
“Cochran’s at 40%”
That is ‘up big’ for an incumbent?! Name a single incumbent going into the general election with that number. Its PATHETIC!
Vote for the Democrat. It is the only way to make it right. Regardless of the negatives of perhaps having a Democrat Senate, which are numerous, it is more important to reclaim the Republican party from the liberals in control.
It’s all very odd now, so many voters undecided and an incumbent Republican winning a big crossover vote but not polling well with voters of his own party and nearly 1/3 of the voters undecided. I don’t think I’ve seen it before. To paraphrase a Chinese proverb, we live in interesting times. I don’t see Travis Childers winning this, but if a lot of Republicans abstain in this race, who knows what’ll happen?
A near-loss for Cochran in the general would be a good shot across the bow for the establishment. It’s assumed by some that if Childers wins, he’ll be a one-term Senator. That’s been said about others before, most notably the late John Tower of Texas, who served for 24 years.
that was over 20 years ago things are totally different here..dirty campaigning
I hope Cochran loses. At this point, you have to say putting scum like that in is as bad as a Democrip.
On election day, the “new Republicans” will only know how to vote “Straight Democrat.”
It’s really neat that in MS, the Democrats have two of theirs in the November runoff. But the majority of voting Republicans... ? Nobody.
The fact that you had to, and did, reach back 30 years shows how out of touch you are.
Politics has changed a lot even in just the past 10 years, let alone 30.
It’s a microcosm of what is happening in the whole country: we now have a one party system. The UNIPARTY!
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