JOEL MCNEECE: Nobody likes a sore loser

It’s no secret that has happened in counties all over Mississippi. However, an examination by McDaniel supporters of the poll books in Calhoun County showed a grand total of only two illegal crossover votes.

Visiting with Yalobusha County Chancery Clerk Daryl Burney at last weekend’s Bruce Sawmill Festival, he said Yalobusha had a whopping three. There have been countless other reports around the state of other counties revealing their crossover mistakes in single digits as well. That’s a long way from 7,667.

Every election ever held has some irregularities of this manner. It’s virtually unavoidable given our poll worker system. But illegitimate votes totaling a small fraction of one percent doesn’t warrant a new election, as McDaniel is tirelessly crying for, even in a race as close as this one.

McDaniel’s desperation has even led to him accusing Republican Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann of sending out intentionally confusing advice to the state’s chancery clerks.

The race and now McDaniel’s straw grasp was the talk of the Arkansas Press Association last week when I visited with them.

“When Ann Coulter is the voice of reason, you know it’s a crazy race,” one editor told me.

This race is over and regardless of your view of Ann Coulter’s politics, she is 100 percent right on this fact – McDaniel is now blowing any shot of gaining political traction in the future.

No one likes a sore loser.

Calhoun County Journal
7/16/14