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[[FreedomWorks for America]] also took action in McDaniel's defense, asking federal officials to investigate the election. They claimed to have heard about "text messages and communications allegedly from the Thad Cochran campaign that, if true, catch the campaign breaking election law and buying votes in the GOP runoff election."<ref>[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/1/chris-mcdaniel-true-the-vote-challenge-mississippi/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS ''The Washington Times'', "Chris McDaniel, True the Vote challenge Mississippi primary vote," accessed July 3, 2014]</ref>
 
[[FreedomWorks for America]] also took action in McDaniel's defense, asking federal officials to investigate the election. They claimed to have heard about "text messages and communications allegedly from the Thad Cochran campaign that, if true, catch the campaign breaking election law and buying votes in the GOP runoff election."<ref>[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/1/chris-mcdaniel-true-the-vote-challenge-mississippi/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS ''The Washington Times'', "Chris McDaniel, True the Vote challenge Mississippi primary vote," accessed July 3, 2014]</ref>
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On July 8, 2014, the [[Senate Conservatives Fund]] came to McDaniel's aid as well, contributing $70,000 to McDaniel's investigation for voter fraud. McDaniel's campaign also began offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who presented evidence of the alleged fraud.<ref>[http://news.yahoo.com/the-senate-conservatives-fund-sent--70-000-to-mcdaniel-to-challenge-mississippi-run-off-election-results-170909121.html ''Yahoo! News'', "The Senate Conservatives Fund sent $70,000 to McDaniel to challenge Mississippi runoff election results," accessed July 9, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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Chris McDaniel
Chris McDaniel.jpg
Mississippi State Senate, District 42
Incumbent
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2016
Years in position 6
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$10,000/year
Per diem$123/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Term limitsN/A
Education
J.D.University of Mississippi School of Law
Personal
BirthdayJune 28, 1971
Place of birthLaurel, Mississippi
ProfessionLegislator
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Chris McDaniel (b. June 28, 1971) is a Republican member of the Mississippi State Senate, representing District 42. He was first elected to the chamber in 2007.

McDaniel was also a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Mississippi.[1] He lost to incumbent Thad Cochran in a runoff election on June 24, 2014.[2]

Biography

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 has died in committee.[1].

Committee assignments

2012-2013

In the 2012-2013 legislative session, McDaniel served on the following committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2012
Elections, Chair
Judiciary, Division B, Vice Chair
Appropriations
Compilation, Revision and Publication
Congressional Redistricting
Constitution
Drug Policy
Energy
Legislative Reapportionment
Municipalities
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

2010-2011

In the 2010-2011 legislative session, McDaniel served on these committees:

Mississippi Committee Assignments, 2010
Education
Elections
Finance
Judiciary, Division A
Oil, Gas and Other Minerals
Public Health and Welfare
Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks

Issues

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 primary. Although Mississippi voters do not have to be registered with the party to vote in a particular primary, they do have to vote for the same party in the primary and the runoff, and they also have to intend to vote for that party in the general election. However, shortly after the runoff, the Clarion-Ledger claimed to have found records of McDaniel voting Democratic 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."[3]

Elections

2014

See also: United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2014

McDaniel ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Mississippi.[1] 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.

U.S. Senate, Mississippi Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris McDaniel 49.5% 157,733
Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 49% 156,315
Thomas Carey 1.5% 4,854
Total Votes 318,902
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican primary results
U.S. Senate, Mississippi Runoff Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 51% 194,932
Chris McDaniel 49% 187,265
Total Votes 382,197
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Republican runoff primary results

Photos of Cochran's wife

Clayton Thomas Kelly, who runs a blog and openly supports 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6] McDaniel, however, denied any involvement or knowledge of the photos, and retaliated with his own ad.[7]

Cochran ad attacking McDaniel

McDaniel ad in response to Cochran's attack ad

Cochran's runoff victory

After McDaniel received more votes in the initial primary election, which sent both McDaniel and incumbent Thad Cochran into a runoff for the Republican nomination, many polls and organizations were betting on McDaniel to win. When Cochran increased his vote total by 38,000 votes in the runoff, compared to McDaniel's increase of 30,000, questions were raised about how Cochran had managed to win over so many new voters. According to one article from FiveThirty-Eight, "Cochran’s campaign explicitly tried to increase his turnout in the runoff by bringing Democratic-leaning African-Americans to the polls."[8] Their analysis showed that the counties in which Cochran gained the most new voters were counties with over a 69 percent African-American population. According to Mississippi election law, it is perfectly legal for Democratic voters to vote in the runoff for Cochran, as long as they had not previously voted for a Democratic candidate in the initial primary election.[8] However, McDaniel and his supporters claimed to have found over 1,000 ballots in one county alone that voted Democratic in the primary and for Cochran in the runoff.[9]

Challenging the runoff results

As of July 2, 2014, McDaniel had not yet conceded the race to Cochran, as he believed that about 35,000 of Cochran's votes came from Democratic voters, and that many of those voters had voted illegally in one of two ways: either by voting Democratic in the initial primary and Republican in the runoff or by voting Republican in the primary while intending to vote Democratic in the general election.[10] However, McDaniel has had a difficult time finding a legal way to take action. At first, many supporters urged McDaniel to run as a write-in independent candidate in the November general election, but the filing deadline for independents had already passed, so McDaniel could not take this route.[10] Instead, McDaniel and his supporters began the process of looking for at least 7,000 invalid votes. Even with these votes, it will be difficult for McDaniel to challenge the results, as Mississippi law does not have any provision to allow for a recount. Due to these roadblocks, McDaniel's only option appears to be filing a legal complaint.[11]

On July 3, 2014, a group called True the Vote filed a lawsuit against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Republican Party of Mississippi on the grounds that they were denied access to voting records in two of the counties and found evidence of voter fraud in others. Some McDaniel supporters even claimed that Cochran paid Democratic voters $15 each to vote for him in the runoff.[12]

FreedomWorks for America also took action in McDaniel's defense, asking federal officials to investigate the election. They claimed to have heard about "text messages and communications allegedly from the Thad Cochran campaign that, if true, catch the campaign breaking election law and buying votes in the GOP runoff election."[13]

On July 8, 2014, the Senate Conservatives Fund came to McDaniel's aid as well, contributing $70,000 to McDaniel's investigation for voter fraud. McDaniel's campaign also began offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who presented evidence of the alleged fraud.[14]

Endorsements

McDaniel received the following endorsements for his 2014 bid:

Media

  • 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.[28]
  • 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.[29]
  • McDaniel released another campaign ad in May 2014, this time attacking his opponent in the Republican primary, Thad Cochran.[30]
  • Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF) released an ad on May 21, 2014, attacking Cochran and supporting McDaniel.[31]
  • 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.[32]
  • The Mississippi Conservatives PAC released an ad attacking McDaniel for voting in the Democratic primary.[33]

The Mississippi Conservatives PAC labels McDaniel a hypocrite.

McDaniel's first 2014 campaign ad

McDaniel campaign ad attacking Thad Cochran

Citizens United ad in favor of McDaniel

Tea Party Patriots ad in favor of McDaniel

Mississippi Conservatives PAC ad attacking McDaniel

2011

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.[34]

2007

See also: Mississippi State Senate elections, 2007

On November 6, 2007, Chris McDaniel ran for District 42 of the Mississippi State Senate, beating Martin Beech.[35]

Chris McDaniel raised $104,829 for his campaign.[36]

Mississippi Senate, District 42
Candidates Votes Percent
Chris McDaniel (R) 10,261 60.9%
Martin Beech (D) 6,596 39.1%

Campaign donors

2014

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are McDaniel's reports.[37]

Chris McDaniel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[38]March 18, 2014$0.00$487,802.00$(172,412.37)$315,389.63
April Quarterly[39]April 15, 2014$315,389.63$474,584.72$(323,789.16)$466,165.19
Running totals
$962,386.72$(496,201.53)

2011

In 2011, McDaniel received $90,298 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[40]

Mississippi State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris McDaniel's campaign in 2011
Mcdaniel, Christopher$10,000
Mcdaniel, Aleta$3,000
Herrington, Ronnie$2,800
Harrington, Ronnie$2,800
Blackstone Corp$2,000
Total Raised in 2011 $90,298
Total Votes received in 2011 17,590
Cost of each vote received $5.13

2009

In 2009, McDaniel collected $10,200 in donations.[41]

His two largest contributors in 2009 were:

Donor Amount
Chris McDaniel $5,250
MD Eye Political Action $1,000

Personal

McDaniel and his wife, Jill, have one child.

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See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gulf Live.com, "State Sen. Chris McDaniel announces run for U.S. Senate in 2014," accessed October 18, 2013
  2. The Washington Post, "Cochran and McDaniel officially headed to Mississippi runoff," accessed June 4, 2014
  3. Talking Points Memo, "Mississippi Tea Party Challenger Voted As A Democrat In 2003," accessed July 3, 2014
  4. The Clarion-Ledger, "Man arrested for sneaking into Cochran's wife's nursing home," accessed May 20, 2014
  5. Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate, "McDaniel Campaign Statements Regarding the Arrest of Clayton Kelly," accessed May 28, 2014
  6. YouTube, "Thad attack ad," accessed May 28, 2014
  7. YouTube, "McDaniel addresses negative, shameless attack ads," accessed May 28, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 FiveThirtyEight, "It Looks Like African-Americans Really Did Help Thad Cochran Win," accessed June 27, 2014
  9. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named hp
  10. 10.0 10.1 Newsmax, "Chris McDaniel Urged to Run as Write-In Candidate in Mississippi," accessed July 2, 2014
  11. Talking Points Memo, "McDaniel's Bizarre Plan To Challenge The Senate Race In Mississippi," accessed July 2, 2014
  12. Roll Call, "Conservative Lawsuit Challenges Cochran Runoff Win," accessed July 3, 2014
  13. The Washington Times, "Chris McDaniel, True the Vote challenge Mississippi primary vote," accessed July 3, 2014
  14. Yahoo! News, "The Senate Conservatives Fund sent $70,000 to McDaniel to challenge Mississippi runoff election results," accessed July 9, 2014
  15. Washington Times, "Club for Growth endorses Sen. Thad Cochran's likely GOP primary challenger," accessed October 18, 2013
  16. Campaign website, "TEA PARTY EXPRESS ENDORSES CHRIS MCDANIEL FOR U.S. SENATE," accessed November 6, 2013
  17. FreedomWorks for America, "Chris McDaniel," accessed May 28, 2014
  18. The Washington Post, "Conservative group launches early ad for Sen. Cochran’s primary foe," accessed November 13, 2013
  19. Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, "Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund Endorses Chris McDaniel for United States Senate," accessed May 28, 2014
  20. Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate, "Gun Owners of America Endorses McDaniel for U.S. Senate," accessed May 28, 2014
  21. Breitbart, "Sarah Palin Endorses Chris McDaniel for Senate in Mississippi," accessed May 28, 2014
  22. PR Newswire, "Bauer Endorses McDaniel For Senate," accessed May 28, 2014
  23. Eagle Forum, "Schlafly Endorses McDaniel in Mississippi U.S. Senate Primary," accessed May 28, 2014
  24. Madison Project, "Madison Project PAC Endorses Chris McDaniel for Senate in Mississippi," accessed May 28, 2014
  25. Coalition to Reduce Spending, "Chris McDaniel Rejects the Debt in MS," accessed May 28, 2014
  26. Y'all Politics, "YAL, Liberty Action Fund Endorses Chris McDaniel," accessed May 28, 2014
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 27.5 Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate, "Ron Paul Endorses Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate," accessed June 10, 2014
  28. YouTube, "Chris McDaniel - "Both Sides" - Earmarks," accessed April 4, 2014
  29. The Hill, "Cochran's Tea Party foe launches first ad," accessed April 23, 2014
  30. YouTube, "Lost Touch," accessed May 16, 2014
  31. YouTube, "CUPVF: Changing Washington," accessed May 28, 2014
  32. YouTube, "What Happened to Thad?," accessed May 28, 2014
  33. YouTube, "Trial Lawyer Chris McDaniel Voted as a Democrat," accessed May 28, 2014
  34. Mississippi Department of State, 2011 Official State Senate Candidate List
  35. Mississippi State Senate official election results for 2007
  36. Follow the Money's report on McDaniel's 2007 campaign contributions
  37. Federal Election Commission, "Chris McDaniel Summary Report," accessed April 28, 2014
  38. Federal Election Commission, "Chris McDaniel Year-End," accessed April 28, 2014
  39. Federal Election Commission, "Chris McDaniel April Quarterly," accessed April 28, 2014
  40. Follow the Money, "2011 Campaign Contributions," accessed May 15, 2014
  41. 2009 contributors to Chris McDaniel
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