Chris McDaniel lost the runoff election for Mississippi’s Republican Senate nomination just over a week ago. But it’s only after that (apparently unexpected) loss that his campaign really kicked into high gear.
“Thanks to illegal voting from liberal Democrats, my opponent stole last week’s runoff election, but I’m not going down without a fight,” reads a fundraising e-mail sent by the McDaniel campaign Wednesday. “I know exactly how long and frustrating court battles can be, but I believe this will be worth it. There is too much at stake to back down from this fight.”
Emphasis in the original, although that little bit of bolding doesn’t quite capture the frustration of the campaign.
Each phase of McDaniel’s campaign has been unorthodox. In early June, he led incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran by a tiny margin, but not enough to avoid that runoff. That was phase one. Then the runoff, which was unprecedented in Mississippi and, like the primary, was bolstered at unprecedented rates by outside spending. And now phase three: the challenge.
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