Senator Chris McDaniel is working hard to avoid the same kind of bloodbath we saw in Alabama last fall, one that gave an easy Senate win to the Democrats. So, given new political realities, he made the announcement yesterday to drop out of the challenge to Roger Wicker and instead run for the Senate seat being vacated by Thad Cochran on April 1.
Wicker began his campaign by going negative with a nasty television ad filled with falsehoods that began running immediately after McDaniel’s announcement. Their establishment-backed strategy against McDaniel was to throw millions of dollars in negative ads against him every day until June 5. That kind of bloodbath, which we saw in Alabama, is unhealthy for the Republican Party so he decided to jump into the open Senate seat to avoid the effusion of more blood. He is now the only Republican vying to finish Cochran’s term.
In 2014, McDaniel beat Cochran in the June 4 primary. In the runoff two weeks later, McDaniel received nearly 60 percent of the Republican vote but ultimately came up short, gaining nearly 190,000 votes. He was clearly the choice of the people in Mississippi.
Chris McDaniel’s quest is a very reasonable one: He is simply asking for the opportunity to finish the remaining years of Cochran’s Senate term, which expires in January 2021.
“What I have is a situation in which I’m running for the same seat I ran for in 2014 – the seat we felt we won in 2014. Now God had other plans for that, obviously, and that’s OK and we accept that. All I’m asking for now is to be allowed to finish that term that we ran for in 2014,” he said today.
He is vowing to go to Washington to oppose the Establishment leadership led by Mitch McConnell, to fight for the people of Mississippi and against the moneyed elites, and to fight for President Trump’s agenda.
As McDaniel told JT on SuperTalk Mississippi today, if he does not follow through with his promises to the people and fight for them, then he can be voted out in two years.
Governor Phil Bryant now has a big decision to make in appointing a replacement for Cochran in April. Whoever he appoints, if they so choose, will be on the special election ballot in November with McDaniel and any other candidates that decide to run.
If Bryant decides against reason and his own pocketbook by following the advice of the Establishment – Mitch McConnell, Haley Barbour and Butler Snow – and appoint an elite-backed replacement for Cochran rather than a “man of the people,” then the Democrats will have the advantage in November. Then it will all be on Phil Bryant and Mitch McConnell.
So we need to make our voices heard: Let Chris McDaniel Finish the Term!!