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After [[Chris 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."<ref name=fte>[http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/it-looks-like-african-americans-really-did-help-thad-cochran-win/ ''FiveThirtyEight'', "It Looks Like African-Americans Really Did Help Thad Cochran Win," accessed June 27, 2014]</ref> Their analysis showed that the counties in which Cochran gained the most new voters were counties with over a 69 percent African-American population. One journalist discovered a flyer that read, "The Tea Party Intends To Prevent Blacks From Voting on Tuesday" being distributed in areas with higher African American populations, although the flyer did not state that it was paid for by Cochran's campaign. The Mississippi Conservatives PAC even sent out an automated phone message, stating, "“By not voting, you are saying ‘take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities . . . everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut.” Although none of these tactics were conclusively tied to Cochran himself, McDaniel supporters were furious with Cochran's campaign and supporters for trying to attract Democratic votes.<ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381368/remember-mississippi-john-fund ''National Review'', "Remember Mississippi!," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref> According to Mississippi election law, it is 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.<ref name=fte/> 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.<ref name=hp/>
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After [[Chris 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."<ref name=fte>[http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/it-looks-like-african-americans-really-did-help-thad-cochran-win/ ''FiveThirtyEight'', "It Looks Like African-Americans Really Did Help Thad Cochran Win," accessed June 27, 2014]</ref> Their analysis showed that the counties in which Cochran gained the most new voters were counties with over a 69 percent African-American population. One journalist discovered a flyer that read, "The Tea Party Intends To Prevent Blacks From Voting on Tuesday" being distributed in areas with higher African American populations, although the flyer did not state that it was paid for by Cochran's campaign. The Mississippi Conservatives PAC even sent out an automated phone message, stating, "By not voting, you are saying ‘take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities . . . everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut.” Although none of these tactics were conclusively tied to Cochran himself, McDaniel supporters were furious with Cochran's campaign and supporters for trying to attract Democratic votes.<ref>[http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381368/remember-mississippi-john-fund ''National Review'', "Remember Mississippi!," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref> According to Mississippi election law, it is 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.<ref name=fte/> 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.<ref name=hp/>
  
 
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2014 U.S. Senate Elections in Mississippi

General Election Date
November 4, 2014

Primary Date
June 3, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Pending
Incumbent prior to election:
Thad Cochran Republican Party
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Race Ratings
Cook Political Report: Likely R[1]

Sabato's Crystal Ball: Safe R[2]


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Voters in Mississippi will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Incumbent Thad Cochran faced a tough challenge in the Republican primary by Chris McDaniel. Although Cochran maintained a lead over McDaniel in terms of campaign finances, the Republican primary polls did not reveal a clear winner. In the Republican primary on June 3, 2014, although McDaniel received slightly more votes than Cochran, candidate Thomas Carey took just enough votes so that McDaniel did not receive the 50% of the vote necessary to avoid a runoff. McDaniel and Cochran competed one-on-one in the primary runoff on June 24, 2014.

Bill Marcy, Travis Childers, William Bond Compton, Jr. and Jonathan Rawl all competed for the Democratic nomination in the primary.[3] Marcy ran as a Republican in 2012 and said that he was running in 2014 as a "Plan B" for voters if Cochran wins the Republican primary.[4] Childers easily won Democratic primary, having raised $51,600 in the April Quarterly FEC report and leading in the polls.[5][6]

Leading up to the runoff, many of the groups that ran ads for Cochran in the primary began to scale back their support. On the one hand, they supported Cochran's platform and believed that Cochran had a better chance of winning in the general election against Childers. On the other hand, these groups believed that running more ads against McDaniel would "only damage the party's ability to beat the Democratic candidate and take over the Senate.[7] Some groups, such as American Crossroads, withdrew their support from Cochran, stating, "Other than Alaska, we have completed our work on Senate primaries this cycle and are now focused on general elections. With the Chamber, the NRSC, and a local super PAC already backing Cochran, this is not our fight."[8] Despite losing supporters and trailing in many runoff polls, Cochran pulled ahead and defeated McDaniel for the Republican nomination. McDaniel, however, did not concede his loss. McDaniel and his supporters said that they found over 1,000 ballots cast for Cochran by voters who had also voted in the Democratic primary. Mississippi law does not require that voters register with the party in order to vote in that primary, but they cannot vote for one party in the primary and a different party in its runoff. The law also states that voters in the primary must intend to support that party in the general election.[9] On July 1, 2014, a group called True the Vote filed a lawsuit in McDaniel's defense against the Mississippi Secretary of State and the Republican Party of Mississippi.[10]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 1, 2014
June 3, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: Mississippi is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party, but they must intend to support the party nominations if they vote in the primary election.[11]

Voter registration: To vote in the primary, voters had to register by May 25, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 5, 2014.[12]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Thad Cochran (R). Cochran was first elected in 1978.

Candidates

General election candidates


June 24 Republican runoff primary

Note: No candidate secured more than 50 percent of the vote in the June 3, 2014, primary election. A runoff primary election was held between the top two candidates.[13][14]

June 3, 2014, primary results

Republican Party Republican Primary

Democratic Party Democratic Primary


Primary results

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 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngTravis Childers 74% 63,548
Bill Marcy 12.1% 10,361
William Bond Compton, Jr. 9.9% 8,465
Jonathan Rawl 4.1% 3,492
Total Votes 85,866
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State - Official Democratic primary results

Runoff 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

Race background

The primary battle between state Senator Chris McDaniel and incumbent Thad Cochran was highlighted as one of the top five primaries to watch in 2014. Shortly after McDaniel announced his candidacy, The Club for Growth, SCF, FreedomWorks, the Tea Party Express and the Madison Project all announced support.[18]

Primary vulnerability

Cochran was named by National Journal as one of the top five incumbent senators at risk of losing his or her primary election. Four of the five most vulnerable senators are Republican.[19]

Photos of Cochran's wife

Clayton Thomas Kelly, who ran a blog and openly supported Chris McDaniel over 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.[20] 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.[21]

Democrat-aimed Cochran ad

After Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel began their battle for the primary runoff election, McDaniel supporters brought attention to an ad that appeared in the Mississippi Link newspaper in late May 2014 . The ad was geared toward Democratic voters, and stated that Cochran was "Behind the latest farm bill that funds the SNAP program and supports our local farmers."[22] Interestingly, the ad stated that it was paid for by "All Citizens for Mississippi," and there was no group of that name registered with the Federal Election Commission. Furthermore, nowhere on the ad did it state whether or not the ad was authorized by Cochran.[23]

"Indecent things with animals"

In a campaign speech given on June 10, 2014, Thad Cochran made a comment that caused a stir in the media. While discussing his love of the countryside as a child, he stated that he did "all kinds of indecent things with animals."[24] While listeners laughed it off as a joke, he claimed not even to remember the comment when a reporter later asked him to elaborate. Then, on June 12, 2014, he stated in an interview that he did not know that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had been defeated in the primary election. Although his team defended him as merely joking, some reporters speculated that Cochran may have been losing some of his mental faculties, and that he would no longer be fit to serve in Congress.[25]

Cochran's contested runoff victory

After Chris 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."[26] Their analysis showed that the counties in which Cochran gained the most new voters were counties with over a 69 percent African-American population. One journalist discovered a flyer that read, "The Tea Party Intends To Prevent Blacks From Voting on Tuesday" being distributed in areas with higher African American populations, although the flyer did not state that it was paid for by Cochran's campaign. The Mississippi Conservatives PAC even sent out an automated phone message, stating, "By not voting, you are saying ‘take away all of my government programs, such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities . . . everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut.” Although none of these tactics were conclusively tied to Cochran himself, McDaniel supporters were furious with Cochran's campaign and supporters for trying to attract Democratic votes.[27] According to Mississippi election law, it is 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.[26] 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 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.[28] However, McDaniel 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.[28] Instead, McDaniel and his supporters began the process of looking for at least 7,000 invalid votes. Even with these votes, it would 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 was to file a legal complaint.[29]

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.[10] Although they had to withdraw their lawsuit on July 8 because they had filed it in the wrong court, they re-filed it on July 9 in the Southern District.[30]

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."[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]
  • June 24, 2014: Cochran defeated McDaniel in the runoff primary, with 194,932 votes to McDaniel's 187,265.[34]
  • 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 claimed that the records should have been released under the the National Voter Registration Act Of 1993 (NVRA).[35]
  • 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.[36]
  • July 8, 2014:True the Vote withdrew their lawsuit without prejudice.[37]
  • 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. [30]

Endorsements

Thad Cochran

Thad Cochran received the following endorsements:

"A true statesman, Sen. Cochran has dedicated his life to serving the people of Mississippi.... And Mississippi needs his leadership in the U.S. Senate now more than ever."[38]
"The people of Mississippi need his experience and proven conservative leadership more than ever. Thad's work on behalf of Mississippi is a testament to his selfless dedication to our state and its future. He has my full support."[38]
"After Hurricane Katrina, Thad dedicated his time and influence to our state's recovery efforts as we rebuilt from the nation's largest natural disaster. Our state has benefited from Sen. Cochran's leadership for over three decades. In today's political environment, we need this experience for Mississippi's future."[38]
"I am glad Sen. Cochran is running for re-election and I, like thousands of Mississippians, had encouraged him to do so. He is the father of the conservative Republican takeover of Mississippi, and his wisdom will be an asset to the conservative cause as long as he serves. We as Republicans have a major fight in Washington to unwind the Obama agenda in the next six years, and we need our best minds on the job. I hope all Republicans will rally behind Thad Cochran."[38]
  • Former U.S. Senator Trent Lott[39]
  • National Right to Life[41]

Chris McDaniel

Chris McDaniel received the following endorsements for his 2014 bid:

Polls

Republican primary polls

Thad Cochran vs. Chris McDaniel
Poll Thad Cochran Chris McDanielNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Harper Polling (May 27-28, 2014)
45%40%15%+/-4.0599
GEB International (May 14, 2014)
36%43%21%+/-4600
Harper Polling (April 3-5, 2014)
52%35%12%+/-4.1570
AVERAGES 44.33% 39.33% 16% +/-4.03 589.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Republican primary candidates
Poll Chris McDaniel Thad CochranTom CareyUndecided/Don't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
Chism Strategies (May 29, 2014)
46.4%44.3%1.4%7.9%+/-3.4813
Red Racing Horses (May 28-29, 2014)
41%42%6%12%+/-5374
The Polling Company, Inc. (May 14-15, 2014)
43%39%3%12%+/-4.4505
AVERAGES 43.47% 41.77% 3.47% 10.63% +/-4.27 564
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Runoff primary polls

Chris McDaniel vs. Thad Cochran
Poll Chris McDaniel Thad CochranMargin of ErrorSample Size
Strategic National (June 5, 2014)
52.49%45.93%+/-4.66442
Chism Strategies (June 5, 2014)
50.6%47.6%+/-3.3832
AVERAGES 51.55% 46.77% +/-3.98 637
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

General election polls

Thad Cochran vs. Travis Childers
Poll Thad Cochran Travis ChildersOther candidate/Shawn O'HaraUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (July 10-13, 2014)
40%24%5%31%+/-3.7691
Rasmussen Reports (June 25-26, 2014)
46%34%10%9%+/-4750
Rasmussen Reports (March 26-29, 2014)
48%31%9%12%+/-4750
AVERAGES 44.67% 29.67% 8% 17.33% +/-3.9 730.33
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Chris McDaniel vs. Travis Childers
Poll Chris McDaniel Travis ChildersMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Polling (July 10-13, 2014)
36%37%+/-3.7691
Rasmussen Reports (March 26-29, 2014)
47%35%+/-4750
Public Policy Polling (November 15-17, 2013)
41%38%+/-4.4502
AVERAGES 41.33% 36.67% +/-4.03 647.67
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Campaign contributions

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Thad Cochran

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Cochran's reports.[58]

Thad Cochran (2013) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[59]April 9, 2013$480,184.56$178,228.98$(26,442.07)$6,319,771.47
July Quarterly[60]July 10, 2013$6,319,771.47$170,909.33$(28,927.76)$773,953.04
October Quarterly[61]October 10, 2013$773,953.04$53,147.32$(23,193.11)$803,907.25
Year-End Quarterly[62]December 31, 2013$803,907$339,337$(43,326)$1,100,445
April Quarterly[63]April 10, 2014$1,100,445.67$1,703,077.71$(1,291,015.20)$1,512,508.18
Running totals
$2,444,700.34$(1,412,904.14)

Chris McDaniel

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.[64]

Chris McDaniel (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
Year-End[65]March 18, 2014$0.00$487,802.00$(172,412.37)$315,389.63
April Quarterly[66]April 15, 2014$315,389.63$474,584.72$(323,789.16)$466,165.19
Running totals
$962,386.72$(496,201.53)

Travis Childers

Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Childers' reports.[67]

Travis Childers (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[68]April 9, 2014$0.00$51,600.00$(79.75)$51,520.25
Pre-Primary[69]May 22, 2014$51,520.25$30,575.00$(8,689.80)$73,405.45
Running totals
$82,175$(8,769.55)

Election history

2012

On November 6, 2012, Roger Wicker won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Albert N. Gore, Thomas Cramer, and Shawn O'Hara in the general election.

U.S. Senate, Mississippi General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Wicker 57.2% 709,626
     Democratic Albert N. Gore, Jr. 40.6% 503,467
     Constitution Thomas Cramer 1.2% 15,281
     Reform Shawn O'Hara 1.1% 13,194
Total Votes 1,241,568
Source: Mississippi Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

2008

On November 4, 2008, Cochran won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Erik Fleming (D) in the general election.[70]

U.S. Senate, Mississippi General Election, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 61.4% 766,111
     Democratic Erik Fleming 38.6% 480,915
Total Votes 1,247,026

Media

Primary runoff ads

After an extremely close Republican primary, groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors and Club for Growth released ads backing either Thad Cochran or Chris McDaniel for the Republican nomination in the primary runoff.[71]

Thad Cochran

  • Thad Cochran released a campaign ad in which a man praised Cochran for helping him to get through red tape in order to get the medical attention he needed for his brain tumor.[72]
  • Leading up to the runoff primary against Chris McDaniel, Cochran released a campaign ad explaining how he has helped Mississippi in his time as U.S. Senator.[73]

Cochran 2014 campaign ad

Cochran's Republican primary runoff ad

Chris McDaniel

  • Chris 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.[74]
  • 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.[75]
  • McDaniel released another campaign ad in May 2014, this time attacking his opponent in the Republican primary, Thad Cochran.[76]
  • Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF) released an ad on May 21, 2014, attacking Cochran and supporting McDaniel.[77]
  • 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.[78]
  • The Mississippi Conservatives PAC released an ad attacking McDaniel for voting in the Democratic primary.[79]

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

Ads regarding photo scandal

  • After a Chris McDaniel supporter took photos of Thad Cochran's wife in a recent scandal, Cochran came out with a new campaign ad attacking McDaniel.[80] McDaniel, however, denied any involvement or knowledge of the photos, and retaliated with his own ad.[81]

Cochran ad attacking McDaniel

McDaniel ad in response to Cochran's attack ad

See also

External links

References

  1. Cook Political Report, "2014 Senate Race Ratings for August 22, 2014," accessed August 25, 2014
  2. Sabato's Crystal Ball, "2014 Senate Races," accessed August 25, 2014
  3. Mississippi Secretary of State, "2014 Candidate Qualifying List," accessed June 2, 2014
  4. The Hill, "Miss. conservative to run against Sen. Cochran as 'Plan B' Democrat," accessed May 29, 2014
  5. Federal Election Commission, "Travis Childers April Quarterly," accessed May 29, 2014
  6. Enterprise Journal, "As GOP slugs it out, Childers seeks Dems’ nomination for Senate," accessed May 29, 2014
  7. National Journal, "Thad Cochran's Allies Consider Scaling Back Their Support for the Embattled Senator," accessed June 9, 2014
  8. The Cook Political Report, "Mississippi Senate: Crossroads Is Out; USCOC Is In," accessed June 9, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Huffington Post, "Chris McDaniel Challenges Mississippi Senate Primary Votes After Loss," accessed June 30, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 Roll Call, "Conservative Lawsuit Challenges Cochran Runoff Win," accessed July 3, 2014
  11. Mississippi Election Code, "Section 23-15-575," accessed January 3, 2014
  12. Mississippi Secretary of State, "Mississippi Mail-in and NVRA Agency Voter Registration Application," accessed January 3, 2014
  13. Associated Press, "Mississippi Senate - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 4, 2014
  14. The Washington Post, "Cochran and McDaniel officially headed to Mississippi runoff," accessed June 4, 2014
  15. Washington Post, "Sen. Cochran will seek reelection in 2014," Aaron Blake, December 6, 2013
  16. Gulf Live.com, "State Sen. Chris McDaniel announces run for U.S. Senate in 2014," October 17, 2013
  17. The Hill, "Miss. conservative to run against Sen. Cochran as 'Plan B' Democrat," January 13, 2014
  18. Washington Post, "The Fix’s top 10 Senate races of 2014," accessed December 10, 2013
  19. National Journal, "Ranking the Top 5 Senators Vulnerable in 2014 Primaries," accessed December 31, 2013
  20. The Clarion-Ledger, "Man arrested for sneaking into Cochran's wife's nursing home," accessed May 20, 2014
  21. Chris McDaniel for U.S. Senate, "McDaniel Campaign Statements Regarding the Arrest of Clayton Kelly," accessed May 28, 2014
  22. Scribd, "Cochran ad in Mississippi Link," accessed June 9, 2014
  23. The Clarion Ledger, "Opponents seize on Cochran ad aimed at Democratic voters," accessed June 8, 2014
  24. New York Magazine, "Republican Senator Fondly Recalls Doing ‘Indecent Things With Animals’," accessed June 17, 2014
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