It’s not easy being Chris McDaniel. First, the tea-party-aligned Mississippi state senator came within half a percentage point of beating incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary June 3. Then he unexpectedly lost a runoff between the two of them, taking less of the vote the second time around. And now, his star witness in his case for a third election is recanting .
It’s been almost three weeks since Cochran defeated McDaniel in the runoff by 51 percent to 49 percent — a margin that is well outside the recount threshold for basically every state in the union.
Yet McDaniel and his supporters are pushing for an improbable do-over, based on theories involving Democrats illegally voting for Cochran and the Cochran campaign engaging in race-baiting and paying off black voters .