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McDaniel not conceding to Cochran, but supporters are

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JACKSON — Tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel still isn’t conceding to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff, but some groups that spent millions supporting McDaniel are walking away.

McDaniel supporters are examining poll books to try to find people who voted in a Democratic primary June 3 and the Republican runoff Tuesday.

“This is being done to maintain the integrity of the election process and that a fair and honest election was held on behalf of all Mississippians,” McDaniel said in a written statement yesterday.

Mississippi voters don’t register by party, but state law bars a person from voting in one party’s primary and the other party’s runoff.

Cochran topped McDaniel by nearly 6,800 votes Tuesday after an expensive and hard-fought race in which tea party groups tried to unseat a former Appropriations Committee chairman. Cochran finished with 51 percent.

McDaniel criticizes Cochran for courting Democrats in a state where most blacks vote Democratic and most whites vote Republican. Turnout jumped in several majority-black counties, boosting Cochran.

Club for Growth, which spent more than $3.1 million to help McDaniel, acknowledges Cochran as the winner.

“We are proud of the effort we made in Mississippi’s Senate race and we congratulate the winner,” Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said Wednesday. “We expect that Sen. Cochran and others gained a new appreciation of voter frustration about the threats to economic freedom and national solvency.”

McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch did not immediately return messages yesterday, and the campaign didn’t say how many counties’ roll books are being examined or how much an election appeal might cost, if there is one. Republican executive committees in each of the 82 counties have a July 7 deadline to certify the election results. State law says an appeal would begin with the state GOP executive committee.

Mississippi Tea Party chairwoman Laura Van Overschelde, who has been involved in the McDaniel campaign, said yesterday that workers think they have found nearly 800 instances of Hinds County residents marked as voting in the June 3 Democratic primary and Tuesday’s Republican runoff. However, she provided no documentation to support that, and she would not say whether her number includes an error that county GOP officials acknowledge occurred with about 200 people at one precinct.

Pete Perry, the Hinds County Republican chairman and paid consultant for a political action committee that supported Cochran, said election workers in one precinct Tuesday improperly marked about 200 people as having voted June 3. He said they corrected the errors Tuesday by marking through the word “voted” in a June 3 column and rewriting it in the June 24 column. He said votes in that precinct will not be invalidated.

Perry said it’s fine for McDaniel supporters, or others, to examine poll books to look for errors, “But I think it’s bogus for them to come out here and give numbers that they know are bogus.”



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  1. There Will Not Be An Appomattox Moment In This Conflict

    What transpired in the Mississippi Senate run-off is a red line for most conservatives across the country, because the Republican Party ‘establishment’ essentially took a civil war and escalated it to a war for independence.

    It’s one thing to oppose your base in a primary. It’s entirely another to despicably play the race card against your base, and bolster the legitimacy of the propaganda of our race-baiting opponents on the Left. But that’s exactly what the Kamikaze pilots running the GOP did. As a result, Chris McDaniel won Republican voters handily on Tuesday, but still lost the run-off statewide thanks to a 43 percent increase among voters in counties President Obama received at least two-thirds of the vote in 2012.

    In other words, the GOP establishment used Obama/Alinsky race-baiting tactics against their own base, in order to drive out to the polls in a GOP primary the same low-information-voters that put and kept this Marxist in the White House. An unpardonable sin considering there is no reason to go scorched earth against your own base in solidly Republican state except to send a message.

    That message is this: if you threaten our corporatist gravy train we will go harder after you then we ever have Democrats.

    Now that the message has been sent, there will not be an Appomattox moment in this conflict, when the two sides come back together after one of them has proven his point. The end result of this conflict will either be the defeat of the occupying army (the establishment) or conservatives will Dunkirk (bolt the GOP en masse). I say this not as someone who advocates a third party, I’d like to see what a second party looks like first.

    It’s become clear those of us who still cling to the principles in the party platform have now become the “Republicans in Name Only.” The old Reagan coalition is still there in population, but it no longer exists as a presence within the GOP. Years of betraying its base has put the GOP establishment in a bind. They can’t raise money off their base anymore, so they have to raise the money it takes to remain in power from corporatist lobbyists (Haley Barbour/ Trent Lott). Except pursuing the policy aims of those corporatist lobbyists enrages the base all the more, and the vicious cycle of dysfunction continues.

    Thus, the GOP is now a shaky coalition of corporatists and constitutionalists. A coalition that is growing shakier by the day, because these two sides aren’t having a mere debate about tactics and issue priorities. They have different values altogether. A point the establishment drives home every time they say and do worse things to us than they would ever say and do to Democrats. For they have more in common with Democrats than they do us.

    So what do we about it?

    At this point developing a credible third party is a Herculean chore legally and financially. That is probably a generational event given the monopoly the two-party plutocracy has created. Nonetheless, organically and spontaneously we are heading down that road one way or another. It’s just a matter of how long it takes and which side leaves to form it.

    Liberty in America likely doesn’t have time for a generational event to transpire. We are now debating existential questions as a people that are beyond the traditional left-of-center, right-of-center debate the two parties have been having since the New Deal. Today’s Democrat Leaders are no longer bleeding-heart liberals but hard Leftists. They’re Social Reconstructionists with Marxist tendencies.

    The base of the GOP is growing more conservative and libertarian in response to this new ideological threat. We recognize we cannot negotiate with the New Left, but must defeat it. The problem is the GOP establishment often acts as a de facto human shield for these Statists, so we rarely get a clear shot at them on a national stage. Between now and the 2016 election cycle I recommend a two-point plan to try and tip the scales in our favor.

    1. Don’t vote for anymore corporatist Republicans in red states/districts.

    All these people do is take the power of incumbency and nullify our movement with our votes. Solidly red states/districts ought to be represented by movement conservatives without exception. If they’re not, we have learned the hard way we’re no longer choosing “the lesser of two evils.” We’re choosing people who will score points repeatedly for the other team while wearing our uniform. We cannot defeat the Democrats until we defeat the GOP establishment, and we can’t do that until we stop empowering them.

    2. Coalesce early behind the non-establishment presidential candidate with the broadest conservative appeal.

    The easiest path to taking control of the GOP is to have a standard-bearer atop the hierarchy that empowers the grassroots. To make that happen, we need to get that person elected president. To make that happen, we need to get that person the GOP nomination. To make that happen, we need to find an articulate person with charisma and convictions who appeals to a full spectrum of the conservative base—otherwise we splinter as we have the past few primary cycles. And then we need to coalesce behind this person early enough to give them a chance to win the nomination.

    If we aren’t successful in implementing this plan, I believe we will see the GOP implode shortly after losing again in 2016. Look at what happened in York, Pennsylvania, earlier this year for an example of what will come next.

    Posted by O.W. (WAIN) Reily, III

    As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to fight for truth and justice.

    “God Bless America” for “In God We Trust”

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