Posts Tagged ‘election’

Absentee ballots pouring in for Cochran-McDaniel race

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Election officials report heavy absentee voting leading into Tuesday’s Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate, an indication of high interest in the intensely fought race between six-term Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. The candidates’ campaigns and independent groups have spent millions of dollars on a steady […] [...]

Cochran looking to pull more Coast voters in runoff

PASCAGOULA — Hundreds of workers arrive at sunrise at the Ingalls shipyard on the Gulf Coast, and there to greet them are a dozen campaign volunteers with fliers and signs that say, “Save our Jobs.” In the middle is a small, white-haired man shaking the hand of anyone willing to take his own. “I’m Thad […] [...]

DA: No evidence of crime involving tea party officials in locked courthouse

JACKSON — In a letter to the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, District Attorney Robert Smith repeated what he has said before: he found no evidence that a crime was committed when three tea party members became locked inside the courthouse on June 3 election night. The report delivered to supervisors yesterday included a cover […] [...]

Bryant’s criticism of Common Core raises questions

JACKSON — Gov Phil Bryant appeared to ratchet up his rhetoric against the Common Core academic standards yesterday, calling them “failed.” But late in the evening, a spokeswoman said his position had not changed, intensifying questions about whether Bryant’s statements would actually open the door to the standards’ repeal in Mississippi. Critics say Common Core […] [...]

Cochran, McDaniel recruit celebrities in bid for Senate seat

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is pitching his support for Sen. Thad Cochran in a new TV ad paid for by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It’s the latest in a string of celebrity endorsements in a hard-fought and often bizarre race in which a tea-party backed candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, […] [...]

Cochran reaches out to unions, blacks for runoff votes

WASHINGTON — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters — two groups that traditionally support Democrats. But he risks a backlash from conservatives ready to support his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Even as Cochran is running […] [...]

Cochran, McDaniel campaigning where they did poorly in primary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel are courting voters in parts of the state where each lagged behind the other in the June 3 Republican primary. Cochran campaigned Friday in coastal Jackson County, shaking hands with workers during the 4 a.m. shift change at Ingalls shipbuilding. It’s the state’s largest private […] [...]

Sen. McConnell hosts Cochran fundraiser that takes in $825,000

WASHINGTON — Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran is getting a campaign finance boost from the top Senate Republican, while tea party challenger Chris McDaniel continues telling voters that Cochran is failing to fight President Barack Obama’s policies. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser that collected $825,000 for Cochran on Tuesday at the National Republican […] [...]

Hosemann: State no longer needs federal oversight of elections

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said yesterday that Mississippi’s first election requiring photo identification reinforces his belief that the state no longer needs federal oversight to handle elections and redistricting. The Republican released figures showing 513 Mississippians cast affidavit ballots June 3 because they lacked proper identification, with at least 177 returning […] [...]

Cochran, McDaniel exchange jabs on federal spending, deficit

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi’s two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are beginning to fire directly at each other, even as party officials prepare to make their runoff official. Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran visited Forrest General Hospital and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg today, highlighting both as programs he’s helped finance. Cochran says […] [...]

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