McDaniel near decision on runoff challenge

Certified results of the June 24 runoff show Cochran won by 7,667 votes

McDaniel near decision on runoff challenge

State Sen. Chris McDaniel was expected to announce Wednesday whether he will file a formal challenge of his loss to six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff. State law specifies that McDaniel’s first challenge would be filed with the state Republican Party executive committee. His campaign attorney, Mitch Tyner, has said […]

Tea Party sore loser challenges loss in court

Tea Party sore loser challenges loss in court

The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran says he plans to challenge the results in court “any day now.” Chris McDaniel says he believes there were thousands of irregularities. In an interview with CNN Friday, McDaniel said what matters is that fraud be uncovered where it exists and many […]

Tea party conspirator kills himself

The death came just days after tea party-backed candidate was defeated by Cochran

Tea party conspirator kills himself

A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary. The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in a gated […]

Cochran’s victory emboldens minority voters

Blacks do recognize their power in the vote

Cochran’s victory emboldens minority voters

Sen. Thad Cochran’s GOP primary victory, thanks in part to black Mississippians who turned out to vote for him, exemplifies a new math that politicians of all persuasions may be forced to learn as this country’s voting population slowly changes complexion. Cochran’s campaign courted black voters, perceiving their unhappiness with his tea party-supported opponent, Chris […]

Thad Cochran beats out tea party challenger in runoff

It wasn't the only tea party loss Tuesday night

Thad Cochran beats out tea party challenger in runoff

In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran had 51 percent to McDaniel’s 49 percent, three weeks after McDaniel had beaten […]

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

A busy day of primaries in New York, Oklahoma, Maryland, Colorado and Utah.

Challenging primary day for Thad Cochran, Charlie Rangel

Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran’s Republican runoff against Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel stands as a test of whether decades of delivering federal largesse trumps conservative demands to slash government spending. The 76-year-old Cochran, the former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman who has steered billions of dollars back home, is locked in a tight race against the […]

It’s official: Runoff in Mississippi GOP primary

It’s official: Runoff in Mississippi GOP primary

Senator Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel on Wednesday formally headed to a Republican Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, launching what is expected to be an expensive and bitter three-week campaign sprint. With all precincts counted in Tuesday’s primary, both candidates fell just short of the 50 percent needed for victory. McDaniel had […]

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Runoff likely in Mississippi Senate GOP primary

Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a near-draw Tuesday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the […]

Primay derby day in eight states

Primay derby day in eight states

A nursing home scandal and a vow to “make ‘em squeal” in Washington are at the center of Senate Republican primaries in Mississippi and Iowa Tuesday, as voters in eight states write the next chapter in the battle to control the GOP and the Senate. For six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, it’s the race of […]

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Bitter GOP race over Thad Cochran’s Senate seat

Mississippi’s Senate primary has morphed from a high-profile proxy for the national fight between the tea party and establishment Republicans into an ad war driven by clandestine images of Sen. Thad Cochran’s ailing wife in an online video. State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who aims to deliver a rare victory for the tea party this midterm […]