‘Absolutely unbelievable’: Glenn sounds off on Thad Cochran’s slim victory in Mississippi

40-year incumbent Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) pulled out an eleventh-hour victory over Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel (R) in Tuesday’s runoff election. Returns showed Cochran with a lead of about 3,800 votes – holding 50.5% of the vote to McDaniel’s 49.5% – with 98% of precincts reporting. Earlier this month, McDaniel actually won the popular vote against Cochran in the Republican primary, but he failed to reach the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff by just tenths of a percent.

On radio this morning, a fired up Glenn explained why he is “really, really pissed off” about the Mississippi results given the questionable tactics used by the Cochran campaign to secure victory.

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“I’m just sick to my stomach,” Glenn said. “I thought I was living in the country where liberty had a chance, where fair play had a chance, where we weren’t talking about a GOP – a Grand Old Party, emphasis on old, outdated, dusty, irrelevant, and never ever going to see a dime from people like me ever again. I really thought that we had a chance of some common sense. But no, no, no.”

Most polling leading up to Tuesday’s election showed McDaniel enjoying a lead within or slightly above the margin of error, and yet he came up short. So what happened? According to reports, the GOP set up a ground game to court black Democrats who did not participate in the state’s Democratic primary. By law, Democrats who did not cast a vote in the Democratic primary can vote in the Republican primary/runoff and vice versa.

The Washington Post reports:

Cochran relied heavily on boosting voter turnout in the runoff among not only mainstream Republicans but also black Democrats, whom his campaign and its allies aggressively courted in the final days of the campaign.

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In nearly every Mississippi county, voter turnout was up over the inconclusive June 3 primary. But precinct totals show it was substantially higher in heavily African American areas. In the 24 counties with a majority black population, turnout increased by 39.4 percent, giving Cochran a big edge.

For example, in densely populated Hinds County, which includes the capital of Jackson, turnout was up nearly 50 percent over the June 3 primary and Cochran beat McDaniel by nearly 11,000 votes.

“Now, I have a question for every black Democrat in Mississippi. What the hell has this 90-year-old fart – a white Republican, the same white Republican that for years the Democrats had been telling you are nothing but old racists – you tell me exactly what Thad Cochran did for you,” Glenn asked exasperatedly. “What the GOP did is they reached out to the black Democrats and got the black Democrats to vote… So they’re much more comfortable with having Democrats come out and vote than having their base come out and vote.”

As Stu explained, many several establishment Republicans gave both their endorsement and money to the Cochran campaign. Breitbart reports Cochran’s Mississppi colleague Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) along with Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AL), Rob Portman (R-OH), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Barrasso (R-WY), John Thune (R-SD), John Cornyn (R-TX), Bob Corker (R-TN), Susan Collins (R-ME), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dean Heller (R-NV), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) all lined up to support the entrenched politician.

“Absolutely unbelievable,” Glenn said. “[But] let’s look at the good news. This means… King Obama has done it. Race relations are healed. Because when you can get an old white southern Republican lighting a fire under people – 40% increase in African-American voting – we have been healed. Everybody go to the ocean and look because the sea level is going to start going down at any moment.”

“Amazing thing: Not only has it been healed, it’s been healed in the last few weeks because none of these people decided to vote for Thad Cochran initially,” Stu added. “They just all decided in the last few weeks how important he was for the state of Mississippi, [and] they had to turn out yesterday.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • PeterMoss

    Think how screwed up things will be if Hillary gets elected. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znrAFCpLIio

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately we are living the nightmare of a dumbed down, uninformed voter pool. Add to that all the people who don’t even bother to vote and this is how we got where we are today. There is also rampant fraud, particularly in the presidential election, which goes unchecked. These career trough feeders are not what our Founders had in mind. If there is one thing I would add to the Constitution it would be mandatory term limits.

  • Anonymous

    I may be wrong, but I really think that this is a positive sign. It took the establishment pulling out all of the stops and running a “no holds barred” campaign to barely (and perhaps not even that if McDaniel challenges the vote) win. This is the same as Goliath barely winning against David. It tells me that David is a lot stronger than he looks and Goliath is a lot weaker than we’ve been told. The difference is that David has a lot of room to grow and Goliath is pretty topped out.

    Were the results this time ideal? Perhaps not, but the more important question is what did we learn from this that will help us be successful in the future?

  • Timothy Wenners

    “I thought I was living in the country where liberty had a chance, where fair play had a chance”

    After your support for the establishment in 2008 and 2012 Glenn…
    and the people behind you..

    You all proved liberty doesn’t have a chance in this country, as Ron Paul was the only real liberty minded candidate, and look how you treated him…

  • Fred Ford

    Glenn… why are you surprised by the evil tactics of the Democratic party. This crap has been going on in states that allow Democrats to vote in Republican runoffs.
    It should not be allowed!

  • Joe Kaminski

    A-Freakin-men. Anyone with a functioning brain in their head knew Romney was going to lose as soon as he was the nominee. Glenn supported him, I’m guessing because they belong to the same church. And had Glenn just came out and said as much, I wouldn’t have been pissed at him for it because hell, at least then he would be honest with everyone. Instead he tried to make it sound like Romney was going to be so much better than Obama and I’m sorry, but all of us knew back in 2008 that an establishment republican is no better than a democrat because the establishment party has been corrupted to the core. WE KNEW. And WE are becoming a much larger voting block than THEY ever imagined. That’s why THEY had all the Ron Paul delegates locked out of the convention, and that’s why people like rove and cheney dump millions into establishment campaigns because they are terrified of losing their stranglehold on the country. Unfortunately for them I don’t think their millions of dollars can buy voters anymore, though we may want to look at who manufactures the machines and who tallies up the vote count. Just remember the Battle of Athens because the more crap the GOP pulls, the closer we are coming to a repeat of history.

  • Joe Kaminski

    If you’re not registered as a member of that party, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote in their primary. Blame the state for having such jacked up rules.

  • Anonymous

    Makes me sick Cornyn gave that puke money. Texas is no better, We voted him in by a landslide.

  • Karen Cadle

    go get ‘em Glenn!

  • Linda Forst

    do not want Thad, I will write in Chris McDaniel in Nov
    and I won’t be the only one