After last night's defiant not-a-concession speech, the Tea Party's Chris McDaniel doesn't seem willing to let his Mississippi Senate seat dreams go. If he does decide to go the legal route, he'll likely start with Hinds County, the majority black county where Cochran gained thousands of votes.
Mississippi doesn't have recounts, and McDaniel's speech heavily implies that his camp will challenge the legality of the vote, though the Senate Conservatives Fund’s Ken Cuccinelli "hung up on a Politico reporter when asked if they would consider challenging the result in court." In 24 mostly black counties voter turnout increased by 39.4 percent, but none of those counties gave Sen. Thad Cochran as many votes as Hinds, which is 69.8 percent black. There, voter turnout increased by 49.57 percent according to the Clarion Ledger's Sam Hall.
In Hinds, Cochran won 7K more votes than in primary. McDaniel won 1K more. Expect Hinds County to be ground zero for challenge. #MSSen— Sam R. Hall (@samrhall) June 25, 2014
During his angry address to his followers, McDaniel said the race had been decided by "liberal Democrats" while noting that voting "irregularities" had been reported. Voter turnout was up 16 percent from the primary overall, and as pollsters have shown, Cochran made gains in a lot of counties, including Madison (38.6 percent black), Forrest (36.7 percent black) and Rankin (only 19.6 percent black).
Big Cochran Gain in Hinds, big McDaniel gain in DeSoto, but note Cochran gains in Madison, Rankin, Forrest etc pic.twitter.com/ZOQENbgTGU— Charles Franklin (@PollsAndVotes) June 25, 2014
But in the chart above you can see that Hinds is an outlier, the same way DeSoto County (73.4 percent white) is for McDaniel. Given Sen. Cochran's outreach to the black and heavily Democratic community, and McDaniel's complaint about "a Republican primary that's decided by liberal Democrats," he'll likely start there.
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