|Mississippi State Senate, District 42|
|2008 - present|
|January 3, 2016|
|Years in position||7|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 8, 2011|
|First elected||November 6, 2007|
|Next general||November 3, 2015|
|J.D.||University of Mississippi School of Law|
|Date of birth||June 28, 1971|
|Place of birth||Laurel, Mississippi|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Election challenge 2014
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
McDaniel was also a 2014 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi. He lost to incumbent Thad Cochran in the Republican primary runoff on June 24, 2014, but did not concede defeat. On August 14, 2014, McDaniel filed a lawsuit against Cochran, accusing him of encouraging voter fraud in the runoff.
McDaniel attended Jones County Junior College and William Carey University, and earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law.
As of the close of the 2014 session, every piece of legislation written by McDaniel had died in committee.
In the 2012-2013 legislative session, McDaniel served on the following committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012|
|• Elections, Chair|
|• Judiciary, Division B, Vice Chair|
|• Compilation, Revision and Publication|
|• Congressional Redistricting|
|• Drug Policy|
|• Legislative Reapportionment|
|• Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks|
In the 2010-2011 legislative session, McDaniel served on these committees:
|Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010|
|• Judiciary, Division A|
|• Oil, Gas and Other Minerals|
|• Public Health and Welfare|
|• Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks|
Election challenge 2014
Mississippi's 2014 U.S. Senate election gained nation-wide media attention when accusations of voter fraud in the Republican runoff primary between McDaniel and incumbent Thad Cochran created hostilities within the GOP, eventually leading to two separate legal challenges.
- True the Vote filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Republican Party of Mississippi, arguing that they were denied access to voting records that should have been released based on the National Voter Registration Act Of 1993 (NVRA).
- McDaniel filed a lawsuit against incumbent Thad Cochran, stating that Cochran solicited Democratic votes, many of which violated Mississippi election law.
Timeline of events
- June 3, 2014: McDaniel and Cochran competed for the Republican nomination in Mississippi's primary election. McDaniel won 157,733 votes to Cochran's 156,315, but McDaniel did not obtain the 50 percent of votes necessary to avoid a runoff election.
- June 24, 2014: Cochran defeated McDaniel in the runoff primary, with 194,932 votes to McDaniel's 187,265.
- July 1, 2014: True the Vote sued the Republican Party of Mississippi and the Mississippi Secretary of State, Delbert Hosemann, for failing to release the voting records necessary for an investigation of voter fraud in the Cochran vs. McDaniel runoff. The lawsuit argued that the records should have been released under the National Voter Registration Act Of 1993 (NVRA).
- July 3, 2014: McDaniel notified Cochran of his plans to challenge the primary runoff results due to illegitimate crossover votes from people who had voted in the Democratic primary and the Republican runoff.
- July 7, 2014: Mississippi Northern District Federal Judge Michael Mills issued a cause order expressing his belief that the True the Vote lawsuit should have been filed in the Southern District rather than the Northern District.
- July 8, 2014: True the Vote withdrew their lawsuit without prejudice.
- July 9, 2014: True the Vote refiled their lawsuit in Jackson, in the Southern District, adding election commissions in Copiah, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Rankin, Simpson and Yazoo counties to the list of defendants.
- July 24, 2014: Judge Nancy Atlas presided over a hearing for True the Vote's lawsuit, but did not make a ruling on the case.
- August 4, 2014: McDaniel confirmed at a news conference that he would challenge the runoff results by calling for a public hearing of the Mississippi GOP’s central committee.
- August 6, 2014: In a letter to McDaniel's attorney, Joe Nosef, chairman of the Mississippi Republican Party, refused to hear McDaniel's case in a GOP hearing due to the short amount of time they would have to make a decision. He suggested instead that McDaniel take the case to court.
- August 14, 2014: McDaniel formally filed a legal challenge in Jones County, asking to delay adding Cochran's name to the general election ballot and calling for a new primary runoff.
- August 15, 2014: The chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court appointed retired chancery judge, Hollis McGehee, to oversee McDaniel's case.
- August 20, 2014: Judge McGehee refused to grant McDaniel's request to prevent Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann from preparing the ballots with Cochran's name, on the grounds that McDaniel did not sue Hosemann.
- August 21, 2014: Cochran's attorneys filed papers asking that the lawsuit be dismissed because McDaniel filed it too late. The papers also stated that McDaniel should not have sued Cochran, as he had no control over the election process.
- August 25, 2014: McDaniel's legal team submitted a response to Cochran's motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The response argued that challenges to a state-wide primary election do not have to be filed within a certain time frame following the election.
- August 29, 2014: Judge Hollis McGehee dismissed the election challenge. The McDaniel campaign scheduled a news conference for September 2, at which McDaniel planned to announce whether or not he would file an appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court. McDaniel later pushed back the news conference, needing more time to make the decision.
- August 29, 2014: Judge Nancy Atlas ruled against True the Vote's lawsuit, stating that the requested voter information was not required to be disclosed under the National Voter Registration Act Of 1993 (NVRA).
- September 5, 2014: McDaniel's lawyer, Mitch Tyner, filed an appeal with the Mississippi Supreme Court, challenging the dismissal of McDaniel's lawsuit against Cochran.
- September 24, 2014: Cochran filed papers with the state Supreme Court asking that McDaniel's lawsuit be dismissed, as it had been in the Jones County circuit court.
- October 24, 2014: The state Supreme Court ruled to uphold the decision of the Jones County circuit court to dismiss McDaniel's lawsuit against Cochran. Four justices concurred with the decision, while two dissented and three did not participate. The two dissenting were Justices Josiah Coleman and Ann Lamar.
- Conservative columnist Ann Coulter called on McDaniel supporters to "get over Cochran." She explained, "When a U.S. president is using the IRS to terrify his political enemies, destroying American health care and opening our southern border to millions of future welfare-collecting, Democratic voters from the Third World, why is a dime's worth of money being wasted on trying to replace the Republican senator from Mississippi with a slightly different Republican?"
- Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann referred to McDaniel's lawsuit as a "distraction," adding, "There's no reason for Mississippi to be involved in this litigation, and I'm hopeful we won't be."
- Former Club for Growth President Chris Chocola stated, "If there’s clearly evidence of wrongdoing, that there were ballot integrity issues I suppose it would be appropriate for him to pursue those, but it would have to be clear. I don’t know that they’re clear at this point.”
- Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, who was among those being sued by True the Vote, praised Judge Atlas' ruling against True the Vote, stating, "In the political pandemonium of the last several months, our voters should be encouraged Mississippi’s laws protecting privacy were not preempted by Federal law or the U.S. Constitution."
- Former Alaska governor and U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted on Facebook that she supported an investigation of voter fraud in the runoff. She wrote, "I told Chris McDaniel last night that I stand with his effort to get to the bottom of this – he needs to know average, but tremendously concerned, citizens want to make sure the integrity of last night’s results in Mississippi are verified."
- Travis Childers, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Mississippi and Thad Cochran's general election challenger, congratulated Cochran on getting McDaniel's lawsuit dismissed. Childers stated, "I congratulate Senator Cochran on his win today in court. The allegations of the past couple months have raised serious questions about the electoral process, and I strongly believe we must ensure that every vote in Mississippi counts."
Voting in Democratic primary
After losing a highly competitive runoff primary to incumbent Thad Cochran in 2014, McDaniel challenged the results by saying that a large percentage of Cochran's voters were Democrats who had illegally voted in the Republican runoff after voting in the Democratic primary. However, shortly after the runoff, the Clarion-Ledger announced that they had found records of McDaniel voting for a Democratic candidate in Mississippi's 2003 state primary. Although McDaniel denied having done so at first, his spokesman later stated, "Over a decade ago, Chris McDaniel voted in a Democratic primary in order to have a choice in local competitive elections."
Elections for the office of Mississippi State Senate will take place in 2015. A primary election will be held on August 4, 2015, and the general election November 3, 2015. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 27, 2015.
McDaniel ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Mississippi. McDaniel sought the Republican nomination in the primary on June 3, 2014, which resulted in a runoff on June 24, 2014. McDaniel lost in the runoff to incumbent Thad Cochran, but did not concede. On August 14, 2014, McDaniel filed a legal challenge against Cochran, stating that he had enough evidence of voter fraud to invalidate the runoff primary results.
|U.S. Senate, Mississippi Republican Primary, 2014|
|Thad Cochran Incumbent||49%||156,315|
|Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican primary results|
|U.S. Senate, Mississippi Runoff Republican Primary, 2014|
|Thad Cochran Incumbent||51%||194,932|
|Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican runoff primary results|
Photos of Cochran's wife
Clayton Thomas Kelly, who ran a blog and openly supported McDaniel over incumbent Thad Cochran, was arrested on May 16, 2014, for sneaking into St. Catherine's Village, a nursing home, and taking unauthorized photographs of Cochran's bedridden wife in order to post them in an internet video attacking Cochran. He was arrested for exploitation of a vulnerable adult. McDaniel's campaign denied any involvement with Kelly or the video, and McDaniel issued a statement criticizing Kelly's actions and reaching out to Cochran.
Ads regarding photo scandal
- After a McDaniel supporter took photos of Thad Cochran's wife in a recent scandal, Cochran came out with a new campaign ad attacking McDaniel. McDaniel, however, denied any involvement or knowledge of the photos, and retaliated with his own ad.
McDaniel received the following endorsements for his 2014 bid:
- McDaniel received negative media attention from the Mississippi Conservatives PAC. According to the PAC, McDaniel was hypocritical and tried to take both sides on many issues, including tort reform, Common Core and earmarks.
- In his first campaign ad of the election, McDaniel stated his position on a few issues, highlighting his support for prayer in public schools and second amendment rights.
- McDaniel released another campaign ad in May 2014, this time attacking his opponent in the Republican primary, Thad Cochran.
- Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF) released an ad on May 21, 2014, attacking Cochran and supporting McDaniel.
- In an ad similar to one put out by Citizens United, the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund released a campaign ad attacking Cochran and praising McDaniel.
- The Mississippi Conservatives PAC released an ad attacking McDaniel for voting in the Democratic primary.
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2011
McDaniel won re-election to the Mississippi Senate District 42. He ran unopposed in the primary on August 2, 2011. No candidates ran in the Democratic primary. McDaniel won the general election on November 8, 2011, unopposed.
- See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007
Chris McDaniel raised $104,829 for his campaign.
|Mississippi Senate, District 42|
|Chris McDaniel (R)||10,261||60.9%|
|Martin Beech (D)||6,596||39.1%|
|Chris McDaniel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|Year-End||March 18, 2014||$0.00||$487,802.00||$(172,412.37)||$315,389.63|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2014||$315,389.63||$474,584.72||$(323,789.16)||$466,165.19|
In 2011, McDaniel received $90,298 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Chris McDaniel's campaign in 2011|
|Total Raised in 2011||$90,298|
|Total Votes received in 2011||17,590|
|Cost of each vote received||$5.13|
In 2009, McDaniel collected $10,200 in donations.
His two largest contributors in 2009 were:
|MD Eye Political Action||$1,000|
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- Business and Industry Political Education Committee: Legislator "Business and Jobs" Report Card
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McDaniel and his wife, Jill, have one child.
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- Social media:
- Summary, biography, voting record, and interest group ratings at Project Vote Smart
- Profile at Wikipedia
- Campaign finance reports and data at the Federal Election Commission
- Campaign contributions at Follow The Money
- Issue positions and quotes at On The Issues
- Collected news and commentary at The Huffington Post
- Collected news and commentary at The Washington Times
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- The Washington Post, "Cochran and McDaniel officially headed to Mississippi runoff," accessed June 4, 2014
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Republican Primary Runoff Results," accessed August 21, 2014
- The Huffington Post, "Chris McDaniel Lawsuit Challenges Loss To Thad Cochran," accessed August 21, 2014
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- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2014 Republican Primary Runoff Results," accessed July 10, 2014
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