Posted: 8:45 am Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Mississippi cage match: Tea party’s Chris McDaniel pulls Thad Cochran into runoff 

By Greg Bluestein and Jim Galloway

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Chris McDaniel promises a victory to a late night audience Tuesday at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss. McDaniel and six-term Sen. Thad Cochran dueled inconclusively in Mississippi’s primary. AP/George Clark

Tea partyers pulled one out of the fire in Mississippi on Tuesday. From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON — 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.

Your daily jolt on politics from the AJC's Political insider blogUnofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the vote in a three-way race and Cochran with slightly less. It takes a majority by one candidate to avoid a runoff.

“For too long, we’ve been silent. For too long, we sat still. For too long, we let them have their way with us,” McDaniel told supporters late Tuesday in a slap at the Washington establishment.

“It’s looking like a runoff,” conceded Rep. Gregg Harper, addressing a crowd of Cochran supporters.

Mississippi officials said the vote tally in their state did not include provisional ballots, at least some of them cast as a result of the state’s new voter ID law. Those voters have five days to furnish proof of residence. An official canvass could take longer, until June 13.

The race was arguably the year’s last good chance for the tea party wing of the GOP to topple an establishment favorite in a Senate primary, following losses in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky.

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At the Strand Theater on the Marietta Square this morning, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston will receive the endorsement of his GOP congressional colleague Phil Gingrey for the U.S. Senate runoff.

In an interview with Martha Zoller and Tim Bryant on WGAU (1340AM) this morning, runoff rival David Perdue took the news well:

“We’re very comfortable with what’s going on. We’re not surprised, actually. Nor should anybody be. But, yeah, I think it solidifies our position as the outsider.”

Nor is Perdue troubled by those – including Karen Handel – who point to Kingston’s congressional experience as a deal-breaker. Said the former Dollar General CEO:

“If I were to ask you both to name 10 U.S. senators, I promise you that two-thirds of them would be first- or second-term senators. There’s a growing group of people up there trying to do the right thing, even if it means they don’t get re-elected. That’s the kind of senator I want to be.”

And about his demand that Kingston release his tax returns:

“Congressman Kingston, actually committed to do that in the primary, and yet we went all the way through and never saw it…I think the people of Georgia deserve to see 10 years of his tax returns. He’s been living off taxpayers for the last 22 years. I think putting up 10 years of tax returns is the least he could do.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headlined a fundraiser for Nathan Deal's election campaign.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush headlined a fundraiser for Nathan Deal’s election campaign.

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Gov. Nathan Deal has spent part of this spring restocking his campaign coffers, and he got major help on Tuesday.

Jeb Bush, Florida’s ex-governor and a potential 2016 presidential contender, headlined a fundraiser for Deal that we’re told raised well in the six-figure range for his re-election bid.

Bush, for his part, added a second endorsement from his Twitter account later in the day:

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Earlier this week, former state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, who carried Cobb County by 27 votes in the primary, won the endorsement of Marietta Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin in the GOP runoff for the 11th District congressional race.

Which caused former congressman Bob Barr, his runoff rival, to pull a mayoral endorsement out of his pocket on Tuesday.  Or rather, an endorsement from a former Marietta mayor – Bill Dunaway.

“I have known Bob for many years, and he has consistently been a champion for Marietta and Cobb County,” sayeth Dunaway, via press release.

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The Clayton News-Daily reports that Fulton County prosecutors have dropped a 2011 DUI case against former Clayton County Commissioner Wole Ralph, who now works for the city of Atlanta:

[Ralph, then vice-chairman,] was charged with DUI, obstruction of an officer, misdemeanor reckless driving and failure to maintain lane in a Feb. 19, 2011, incident on Metropolitan Parkway.

According to records obtained by Clayton News Daily, Ralph pleaded guilty in Fulton State Court to failure to maintain lane. The rest of the charges were dropped.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, with credit for one day served at the time of his arrest. Ralph was also ordered to undergo alcohol and drug evaluation and treatment, and pay a $1,000 fine.

40 comments
Bubba30342
Bubba30342

I've been voting Republican for most of the last 30 years, starting when they were in the minority. It may just be time swing the pendulum back a bit to keep them honest.  Maybe we do better if one party doesn't have a lock on every major office in the state. Sign me up for "Repuiblicans for Carter" and "Repubicans for Nunn."


honested
honested

What a crafty plan to squeeze more money out of the teaklan.


I never would have thought I would be supporting thad cochran for anything!

Jefferson1776
Jefferson1776

Kingston is a pure politician.  That's all you would get.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

It is early in the mid-term election campaign season, but the money both Deal and the Republican Senatorial nominee will get from both inside and outside the state will overshadow what the Democrats will pull in.  That is because the Democrats have so many pivotal races to defend.  Between GA being a red state without a single Democrat elected to statewide office and the money advantage, the polling will almost certainly make GA safe for Deal and Perdue/Kingston soon after Labor Day.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Sounds like the AP reporter is unaware that, in Texas, the tea party candidate did in fact topple a sitting Lt. Governor to win the Republican Party's nomination.

EdUktr
EdUktr

Kamchak and Michelle Nunn both hope you won't look ...

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

a leading opponent of any amnesty giveaway

Ronaldo Reganendez says, "What?"

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

 Republicans against amnesty for illegal aliens...

Ronaldo Reaganendez says, "What?"

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@EdUktr - "Amnesty" has different meanings to different voting groups.  I don't consider it amnesty if ILLEGALS are given a provisional status and a path to a green card (not citizenship) if they:
Sign up.
Are ineligible for welfare, foodstamps, SSI, WIC, etc.
Learn English.
Stay out of jail.

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Proof that we may have competition for the state with the largest number of unqualified voters!

Palatin
Palatin

@The_Centrist @EdUktr If you look at the requirements for a green card, they are cumbersome and hard to understand and take a while to get through the different  gov't agencies. Even a short term work permit is pretty confusing to figure out without some guidance from someone who knows the system. It isn't Amnesty to simplify the current system and making it a reasonable and more timely process. Also, current GA law and state regulations don't allow ILLEGALS to be eligible for EBT, SSI,WIC, etc. You have to prove citizenship or legal status to apply for those benefits.

td1234
td1234

@honested @EdUktr Yes, because anyone voting for Lewis, Scott and Johnson are surely unqualified to vote. 

EdUktr
EdUktr

@honested @The_Centrist @EdUktr

The E-Verify program was developed to make it vastly more difficult for illegals to steal jobs from Americans and legal immigrants.

It's mostly Democrats who have blocked E-Verify from being more widely used.

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested @EdUktr 

I believe you have it inverted........but this is an article where 'intellectual giants' like martha zoeller are quoted as sources.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

It's mostly Democrats who have blocked E-Verify from being more widely used.

Got proof?

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

Another imaginary strawman!

But let's look at who is doing the hiring:

Builders-Developers - mostly republican

Chicken companies - mostly republican

Franchise chain restaurants - mostly republican

Even without E-Verify, it doesn't take a lot of research to ensure a person speaks English, has a valid Social Security number and is at least LIKELY TO BE A CITIZEN.


Of course, then you have to pay FICA, Workmens Comp and pay them like a human

Palatin
Palatin

@The_Centrist @Palatin This website from a highly politicalized anti-immigration group and a US Treasury study on individuals with an ITIN who filed fraudulent returns and got refunds doesn't contradict my statements. The Treasury study does say "Although the law PROHIBITS aliens residing without authorization in the United States from receiving most Federal public benefits, an increasing number of these individuals are filing tax returns claiming the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), a refundable tax credit intended for working families".

My statements were directed at what is true in Georgia and the programs the state administers. Other states administering these programs may not be as restrictive and have general assistance programs not using Federal funds that undocumented aliens can access. 

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak @EdUktr

Do YOU support E-Verify? I'm betting not. Sport.

But go ahead—stand for something that's not a Democrat talking-point just this once.

Sport.

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

@Palatin - Ever been to a hospital emergency room?  Fraud is rampant in all of the government welfare programs.  The current administration does not enforce existing laws and lets ILLEGAL immigrants go even when they catch them (including felons) - last week dumping those caught in Georgia in Arizona.  There is incentive to lie, cheat and steal with little penalty.  If we actually secure our borders, establish E-Verify with real penalties on employers, stop the fraud - I'm all for a provisional status as I outlined above.  It is not going to happen under the Obama administration.

Kamchak
Kamchak

@EdUktr 

Do YOU support E-Verify?

Yep

I'm betting not.

You lose.

BTW, still waiting on that proof, sport.

Just remindin'.

Palatin
Palatin

@The_Centrist I have been to a hospital emergency room but  that doesn't have anything to do with the fact that illegal aliens cannot qualify for most kinds of public assistance in GA. I'm just saying you don't back your statements with documentation that supports them. I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you, just your "facts". I think making the current system workable and more streamline would obviate the need for amnesty programs. I think the President probably sees little point in negotiating with a Congress that sees compromise as a liability on this or any issue.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

The current administration does not enforce existing laws and lets ILLEGAL immigrants go even when they catch them (including felons) - last week dumping those caught in Georgia in Arizona.

And in the real world, not the one inhabited by the fake centrist, the Obama administration is sending more illegal immigrants home than his predecessor did.  And he's doing it in a way that targets criminals.

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/aug/10/american-principles-action/has-barack-obama-deported-more-people-any-other-pr/

And the author of the Georgia to Arizona story has walked it back already.

Once again, fako centrist, you are wrong.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Kamchak @EdUktr

Amuse us by abstaining from all food and water while waiting. 

Sport.

td1234
td1234

@CherokeeCounty When you change the way stats are kept then your statement is true. The Obama administration now counts stop and turnarounds at the border as deportations while it has never been counted that way previously. 

EdUktr
EdUktr

@CherokeeCounty

Obama is deporting FEWER illegals than either Bush or Clinton, says the Los Angeles Times: http://tinyurl.com/o854y4e

Does the Los Angeles Times have it all wrong—or are you out to deliberately misrepresent the facts?

honested
honested

@EdUktr 

While you are reaching in to pull that proof out, care to counter WHO is illegally providing the jobs and creating the attractant for desperate illegals?

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

Well actually Bush began the change in emphasis.

But you're correct - what is happening now is that they're being stopped at the border, but they're also being processed and charged with illegally entering the country.  So now if they try to come back, they've broken the law.

During the Clinton and early Bush years, the immigration folks would just round them up, put them on a bus, and ship them back with no consequences, so they could just turn around and head back north.

This seems better to me.

CherokeeCounty
CherokeeCounty

I'm guessin, ed, that you didn't actually read the article.

You might want to go do that.

honested
honested

@EdUktr @honested 

Yes.

I have never hired anyone other than an American Citizen for any purpose, both in my profession and for home maintenance (which means I have had to learn to do a lot since so many in the construction industry no longer wish to soil their hands in honest labor. I guess that's what you can expect from republicans).

anothercomment
anothercomment

@honested @EdUktr 




I have a couple of Electricians, Plumbers and Carpenters. That don't have perfect history's but they are Vietnam Vets. You just have to go pick them up off of Campleton Rd or What was formerly Bankhead Highway. Because otherwise it takes them two hours to even reach the Northside Perimeter at Pill Hill Marta. Since, The Politicians have made it hard for many of our own legal citizens and former Vets ( the guys that were put on Point in Vietnam) to get around. It is easier to import illegals.