Issue #288

Conservative freakout blames ‘Uncle Tom’ and voter fraud for McDaniel loss in Mississippi Senate primary

Tea Party conservatives claim the thad Cochran campaign circulated this flyer in black precincts to help defeat their candidate, Chris McDaniel.

Tea Party conservatives claim the thad Cochran campaign circulated this flyer in black precincts to help defeat their candidate, Chris McDaniel.

Some conservatives aren’t happy that their preferred candidate, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) lost to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the runoff of the GOP primary for U.S. Senate in Mississippi. Many tea party types are openly speculating foul play and that Democrats and black voters were involved. Take Rush Limbaugh, who wondered if Cochran’s campaign slogan in Mississippi over the last few days was “Uncle Toms for Thad.” Cochran’s turnaround victory in the race on Tuesday was immediately met with criticism by McDaniel and tea partiers over his strategy of reaching out to not only Republicans but also Democrats and African-Americans, a move that dismayed tea partiers but isn’t illegal under Mississippi’s open primary laws. Talking Points Memo, 6-25-14.