I guess Jenny Beth Martin just isn’t worth the 450k a year, because Cochran apparently won:
After a long and bitter fight, Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will manage to fend off a serious tea party challenge in Tuesday’s GOP Senate runoff, CNN projects, and move closer to a seventh term.
With 99% of the precincts counted, Cochran held a 51%-49% lead over state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who forced Cochran into the runoff after both candidates fell just short of the 50% threshold needed to avoid a longer contest. In the primary, McDaniel edged out Cochran by less than 1,500 votes.
In a bizarre twist, it might be Democrats that helped push Cochran ahead at the finish line.
The race is one of two marquee contests featuring longtime lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York is also trying to beat back an inter-party challenge. That race is still too early to call with Rangel holding a 48%-43% lead over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, who Rangel narrowly defeated two years ago, with about 81% of precincts counted.
To clinch the GOP nomination, Cochran’s backers turned to Democrats, especially African-Americans who make up 37% of the state’s population.
Cochran’s supporters actively reminded voters of the senator’s work to secure federal funds for programs relied upon by African-Americans, like Head Start and certain medical centers in the state.
It’s the kind of message that Republicans barely tout these days, given the renewed focus on fiscal conservatism. But Cochran supporters viewed Democrats as key to their strategy to knock out McDaniel after the incumbent barely kept his reelection hopes alive in the primary.
McDaniel basically refused to concede and was (not surprisingly) a total asshole and will probably run a write-in campaign, and I really do not know the dynamics enough to know if this helps the Democrats in the general. I do hope that the national Republican party will learn that African-American voters are not just ignorant fools who vote for the Democrats out of cultish loyalty to JFK and Clinton, but they are fucking people who are capable of thought and will vote in their best interest. Many of them probably made the calculus that a Democratic Senator would be best, McDaniel would be the worst, so they did what they did and we’ll see what happens between the best option and the not worst option.
I will never, ever, ever figure out why Republicans write off significant portions of the population, whether they be black, gay, hispanic, etc. Look what a little outreach did here. And I hope Cochran, should he win, goes all Lisa Murkowski and is just a total kick in the dick to the right wing and the teahadists.