It’s been close to three months since Chris McDaniel lost the Republican U.S. Senate runoff to Thad Cochran, and he still hasn’t given up. It’s the longest non-concession stretch of any statewide election loser in Mississippi history.
But while McDaniel has neither a strong legal argument nor any precedent to rely on in his challenge of the election results, his court maneuverings continue to keep him in the news and his fundraising appeals going. His efforts, unfortunately, have also distracted from what ought to be the focus on the general election campaign, with just seven weeks to go between Cochran and the Democratic nominee, former 1st District U.S. Rep. Travis Childers of Booneville.
While Cochran remains the favorite, Childers is a formidable challenger. There are differences between the two on some issues, and the voters would benefit from seeing them at least once in a face-to-face debate.