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June 25, 2014

Mississippi Mud

An ugly GOP primary.

The mudslinging isn’t over in Mississippi. Longtime incumbent Thad Cochran beat Tea Party favorite Chris McDaniel in the runoff primary vote 50.8% to 49.2%. The whole election between the Republicans was dirtier than a cup of Mississippi River water. Despite the millions of dollars national Tea Party groups poured into the state, Cochran won because he appealed to Democrat voters – who could vote in the runoff thanks to a lax voting law in the state – by bragging about his record of bringing pork spending into the state. McDaniel said he would contest the election results, saying, “[T]here is something a bit strange, there is something a bit unusual, about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.” And as National Review’s John Fund summed it up, “[T]he message was the antithesis of conservatism – that only an aging 76-year-old incumbent can bring home pork-barrel projects that largely benefit a business elite while the state’s voters are saddled with more federal debt.” More…

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