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State Sen. McDaniel traveling Mississippi to promote PAC

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Chris McDaniel

— Tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel is traveling Mississippi promoting a political action committee he formed after losing a 2014 Republican primary to longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

McDaniel, R-Ellisville, filed papers in the Mississippi secretary of state’s office Nov. 6 to create United Conservatives Fund. And he said Friday in a statement that he’s planning a five-city tour to promote the PAC during the start of this state election year.

Mississippi is electing eight statewide officials, including governor and lieutenant governor, several regional officials and all 174 state legislators. McDaniel hasn’t said whether he will seek a third term in the state Senate or run for another office.

McDaniel lost to Cochran in the June 24 Republican primary runoff. But he later filed a lawsuit saying the election was tainted by Democrats voting in the runoff. Mississippi doesn’t register voters by party. A judge dismissed the suit, saying it was filed too late. Cochran won a seventh term in November by defeating Democratic former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers and a Reform Party candidate, Shawn O’Hara.

McDaniel never conceded the race. Although there’s no legal requirement for a losing candidate to concede, it is common practice.

In an email to potential PAC donors Friday, McDaniel wrote: “The U.S. Senate race last year was a key moment in the history of the conservative movement in our state and across the country. The tactics used by establishment politicians to mislead the public and to win at all costs were despicable. But, they did more than attack me. They attacked conservatives everywhere. They attacked you.”

Mississippi Republican chairman Joe Nosef said in response that the party is best served when Republicans try to defeat Democrats instead of each other.

“The success of the 2014 elections is a recent example of what happens when the party resists efforts to divide us and supports our Republican candidates,” Nosef said in an email to reporters Friday. “We will continue to focus on keeping our party unified and as strong as ever.”

McDaniel’s first event to promote the PAC was scheduled for Friday evening in Tupelo, with others next week in Pearl, Southaven, Hattiesburg and at an unspecified location on the Gulf Coast.

 

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