Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What can I say other than, I was wrong....

By all the polling over the last week and the general rule of thumb that incumbents(especially the elderly and one who has a mistress on the side while his wife is dieing from dementia) who are drawn into runoffs more often than not lose because their supporters arent as motivated to turn out the vote as the challengers are. It sure looked like Chris McDaniel was headed for a gigantic upset of US Senator Thad Cochran(R) yesterday but everyone(including myself) were wrong. When you look at the numbers you find that more people actually voted in the runoff than they did in the primary. That is almost unheard of in todays campaigns. You also have to hand it to Cochran's campaign team, they saw a loophole in the Mississippi law where democrats could vote in the runoff and they took advantage of it in a big way and it probably saved them from certain defeat. McDaniel's supporters are crying foul over the high turnout in black neighborhoods for Cochran  that usually vote heavily democrat but it was all perfectly legal so in the words of Frank Corder from last night...they should just suck on it. Speaking of Mr Corder and the rest of his friends in Tupelo and the state...you want to talk about sore winners. To be such "great self proclaimed christians" they sure put on a show last night on TV and twitter. They might want to ask their friend in Baldwyn,  Mr Aldridge what bragging about how great of a christian they are gets you. But back to the Senate race....so where do we go from here. Well Thad Cochran will cruise to victory over Travis Childers(D-Booneville) in November. My guess is he'll serve about another two or three years and then resign and let Governor Bryant appoint Haley Barbour or Tate Reeves to the US Senate to replace him. As far as Chris McDaniel goes....well lets be honest theres no way in the world Governor Bryant will appoint him to the US Senate after all thats happened. He will continue to serve in the State Senate and who knows if Jim Hood runs for Governor next year as most believe he will, then dont be surprised if McDaniel doesnt jump into that race. As far as the Tea Party and their supporters go this morning....I know there are a lot of hurt and disappointed people this morning and rightfully so but we can all take some solace in the fact that what last night and the defeat of Eric Cantor two weeks ago proved is that you really never know for sure whats going to happen in an election and that is ultimately a good thing because it puts a scare into everyone in politics from the challengers to most importantly the incumbents.....

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Update on runoff in Mississippi's US Senate race just 3 days out now

Chism Strategies in Jackson has a poll out tonight showing Chris McDaniel up by 8 pts(52 to 44%) over US Senator Thad Cochran(R) with just three days left until the primary. This will be huge news if it holds....

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Roundup of last weeks elections in Nick Saban country

Alabamians seem to be happy with most of their politicians judging from last weeks primaries in the land of the "lord and savior Nick Saban". State Rep Jim McClendon defeated State Sen Jerry Fielding in the GOP primary for that senate seat thats based in the Talladega area. Fielding switched to the GOP in 2012 and its always hard to win over voters who four years ago voted against you in mass. So that result wasnt even all that shocking to see. State Rep Mac Buttram in Cullman was forced into a runoff against Good Hope Mayor Corey Harbinson in the GOP primary on July 15. This race will be interesting to watch in the coming weeks because both candidates are well liked. Buttram is a Methodist minister and Harbinson is one of the youngest Mayors in the country and one look at Good Hope shows that hes done a great job during his reign as mayor. Harbinson probably starts out in the runoff as the favorite but it won't shock me either if Buttram wins. The Sheriffs race in Cullman did surprise me a little bit with first term Sheriff Mike Blakely(R) being forced into a runoff next month  against a little known Drug Task Force Agent who ran on a shoestring budget. Thats probably not good news for Blakely in next months runoff. Over in northeast Alabama for the senate seat that was held by longtime and very controversial senator Lowell Barron. Steve Livingston knocked off moderate State Rep Todd Greeson in the GOP primary so he's in all likelihood headed to the State Senate in January. The Mike Millican vs James Bonner race kind of surprised me with Millican winning that Hamilton based seat. As we look toward the fall unless something shocking happens the GOP will win every statewide office in Alabama this fall. Some of the races to keep an eye on in north Alabama this fall will be that senate seat thats vacant in the western part of Lauderdale County/Florence thats been held by democrats since the civil war. The GOP believes this will finally be the year they will capture that seat. Also the Sheriff's race in Colbert,Lauderdale and Limestone will be close as well. The GOP would give their spleens if they can capture those seats this fall. The seats in Lauderdale and Colbert are both open but the one in Limestone has been represented by Mike Blakely since 1982. But Limestone is drifting more and more to the right so its expected that the GOP nominee in that race will come very close to Sheriff Blakely this fall as they drift toward November. Also last weeks results in the Lauderdale/Florence area show that for the first time since the civil war more republicans voted in the GOP primary than Democrats voted in their primary. So thats a very good sign for the Lauderdale County/Florence GOP and their chances this November....

Thoughts on the US Senate GOP primary in Mississippi

Last week State Senator Chris McDaniel finished ahead of longtime US Senator Thad Cochran by about thirteen hundred votes in the GOP primary in Mississippi. As I predicted last fall on my Facebook page you could almost feel this coming. A young upstart State Senator riding the Tea Party and social media wave in a very conservative state against a longtime old school US Senator who only campaigns on how much pork he can bring to Mississippi. But as I pointed out last fall, in northeast Mississippi its very hard to see what Cochran's seniority has done for that area of the state. Unemployment is high compared with the northwest and coastal parts of the state and the roads are in horrific condition so what valid reason do voters in places like Baldwyn,Iuka,Fulton and Corinth have to come out again on June 24 and save Thad Cochran from what likes a certain defeat? His campaign also overplayed their hand on what happened with four of McDaniel's supporters taking pictures of his bedridden wife laying in a nursing home. They made that poor 25 year old blogger that got arrested out to look worse than that guy in Tupelo who sent ricin to President Obama. That enabled McDaniel's supporters to leak those pictures of Cochran showing up at parties in Washington with a lady from Baltimore thats in her late 50's to the media in Mississippi. The runoff for this race is June 24 and unless something shocking happens, I fully expect McDaniel to finish off Cochran that day. Chism Strategies released a poll Saturday showing McDaniel up by a 50 to 47 margin over Cochran. That margin will probably end up being 54 to 46 or 55 to 45 on June 24. Also it was interesting to look at all the bitter looks on the faces of GOPers like Lt Governor Tate Reeves and Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman after last weeks election. Make no mistake about it they would've run this year for that seat if Cochran had retired but they were too afraid to challenge him when push came to shove. One more note on Mississippi politics, Congressman Alan Nunnelee who represents the Tupelo area is scheduled to have a "mass" removed from his brain Monday morning in Houston. Nunnelee has been through a lot in his life with the blindness he suffered from and other issues so lord willing he'll be ok after his surgery!