Political Flashback: June 3, 2014 – Chris McDaniel Defeats Thad Cochran

By Ryan S. Walters | @ryanswalters73

Today is the two-year anniversary of a truly shocking political story. On June 3, 2014, State Senator Chris McDaniel beat US Senator Thad Cochran in the Republican primary for US Senate, gaining the votes of nearly 158,000 Mississippi conservatives.

It was quite the accomplishment. No one gave him much of a chance in challenging the aged appropriator. Henry Barbour said McDaniel “will get his head handed to him, and that will be what he deserves.”

Others, like the wily Pete Perry or Y’all Politics chief prognosticator Frank Corder, said McDaniel would lose by massive margins, perhaps as bad as 80 to 20.

All of them were wrong. Dead wrong!

But consider the sheer effort put forth by Chris McDaniel: He faced a sitting US Senator who had served in Congress for more than 40 years; was one of the chief appropriators; took credit for everything that happened in the recovery from Hurricane Katrina; was considered “unbeatable” by the state’s press; and had overwhelming name recognition and access to vast amounts of money.

In fact, when McDaniel’s team first polled the race in the fall of 2013, Cochran had an 80 point lead.

Furthermore, Thad Cochran had the endorsement of – and get this – EVERY SINGLE STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIAL IN THE STATE and EVERY NEWSPAPER.

And he still lost.

Only the presence of Thomas Carey, and his paltry 1.5 percent showing, kept McDaniel from winning the nomination outright that night. And with shenanigans in Perry’s Hinds County, he most likely did win outright.

Yet we all know the sad outcome of the runoff three weeks later, when Cochran’s slime team hurled sick racist charges at McDaniel and paid thousands of Democrats to vote in the Republican runoff, many of them illegally so.

But it’s Chris McDaniel who still has the influence and his herculean effort this is still discussed, talked about, and debated. Insurgent candidates seek McDaniel’s endorsement and are thrilled when they get it, like Arizona’s Kelli Ward, who is trying to unseat John McCain.

Thad Cochran’s influence is nil. He’s done next to nothing since his re-election “victory” in 2014 – no efforts to reign in spending, no reform proposals, nor does anyone seek his endorsement.

Since taking his oath for a seventh term in January 2015, Cochran has cast a vote for: the Paul Ryan omnibus spending bill that gave Obama all of his spending requests; for Loretta Lynch as Attorney General; for John King, who supports Common Core, for Secretary of Education; and he was one of only a few Republicans to agree to sit down and meet with Obama’s pick for the Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, who would replace stalwart conservative Antonin Scalia.

Who benefitted from the Cochran “victory” over McDaniel? The Barbours and the entire selfish, wealthy donor class of political influence peddlers, who care nothing for the lasting interests of the people.

Who lost? We the people, who only seek better government and a better country in which to raise their children.

But we can take solace in one undeniable fact: Chris McDaniel dealt Thad Cochran his only defeat in nearly half a century of public “service.” And the only reason he is still in office is because of the most despicable political trash operation in Mississippi history.

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Comments

  1. Don Taylor says:

    His conservative voting percentage is now 35% according to Heritage America. “Surprise, surprise, surprise!” — Gomer Pyle

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is quite a bizarre article and quite frankly, amusing. You have provided little evidence for any of your assertions. This does hurt your credibility. I won’t go over every point like your statement regarding Cochran being endorsed by every newspaper (I don’t recall this or see any evidence) because I can overlook this but you intentionally portray a situation that is not consistent with reality.

    “But it’s Chris McDaniel who still has the influence and his herculean effort this is still discussed, talked about, and debated” Really? What is it that McDaniel has actually accomplished since the election. He has very little influence in the state senate, has produced little significant legislation or results, Ted Cruz lost Mississippi with McDaniel as his Chairman, his group in the Senate (which was designed to promote him) has decreased significantly, not a lot of people across the state, let alone the country know who he is and among those who do know him, he has high unfavourably ratings.

    “Thad Cochran’s influence is nil. He’s done next to nothing since his re-election “victory” in 2014” Cochran is Chairman of the Appropriations Committee which has produced huge benefits to MS in agriculture, defence and much more. The Senate is completing the Appropriations process at the quickest pace in years and all bills could be reported for the first time since 2009. Under Cochran’s leadership the Senate is actually working so why you claim otherwise, I don’t know.

    I think most people know which person is getting to work and producing results and who is simple promoting themselves and accomplishing little.

    I won’t bother correcting your claims about the 2014 election, that’s old news however your assertion that McDaniel defeated Cochran is interesting. Remind me who is the US Senator? Neither candidate won that race as established by law so a run-off was needed which McDaniel lost. A majority of people rejected him and it’s probably time you get over it.

    • Anonymous in Jones County says:

      Let me remind you, Mr. Anonymous, that the final election was won by illegal voting: stuffing the ballot boxes, paying for votes, and of couse illegal crossover voting. By the way, we have never been able to investigate the illegal activities the Hinds County Repulican party.

      • Ruby Smith says:

        Anon. in Jones County, Not ONE of those silly allegations you people have been slinging around for two years has been proven. NOT ONE. Get over it, get on with your life. If the election was held again today McD would lose again. He is not beloved statewide as he seems to be in Jones county. Again, GET OVER IT!

  3. Muszę sie wam pochwalić w koncu zrzucilam – 6 kilo.
    Przeszukalam chyba caly polski internet zeby znaleźć coś na odchudzanie i znalazlam.

    Wpiszcie sobie w google: xxally radzi jak szybko schudnać

    • Donald Taylor says:

      Ryan, go to the Daily Signal, search for IRS Impeachment. When it comes up go to “read further” and see how many of our RINO’s voted with the dims.

      On Thu, Dec 8, 2016 at 2:50 PM, Mississippi Conservative Daily wrote:

      > Mabel1988 commented: “Muszę sie wam pochwalić w koncu zrzucilam – 6 kilo. > Przeszukalam chyba caly polski internet zeby znaleźć coś na odchudzanie i > znalazlam. Wpiszcie sobie w google: xxally radzi jak szybko schudnać” >

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