Another GOP Senator facing primary challenge
October 17th, 2013
01:38 PM ET
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Another GOP Senator facing primary challenge

(CNN) - Add Mississippi's Thad Cochran to the list of Republican Senators up for re-election next year who are facing primary challengers.

State Senator Chris McDaniel launched a campaign on Thursday to try to unseat Cochran, who's served in Congress for more than four decades.

Cochran, who hasn't announced yet whether he'll run in 2014 for a seventh term in the Senate, voted Wednesday night in favor of the agreement to end the partial federal government shutdown and extend the nation's debt ceiling.

And that vote wasn't lost on McDaniel, a two-term state senator with close ties to tea party activists and other grassroots conservatives.

"There are those in D.C. that don't appear to be listening. There are those in D.C. that don't appear to care for the Constitution," said McDaniel in web video. "We stand today ready to restore the Constitution. We stand today ready to restore this Republic. But, it will take action. It will take people across this state ready to make an aggressive move to do the right thing."

An e-mail from McDaniel's campaign includes endorsements from nine fellow state senators. Senate Conservatives Fund and Club for Growth, two DC based groups that have a history of backing conservative primary challengers, immediately endorsed McDaniel.

If Cochran does decide to run for re-election, he would become the fifth Republican Senator facing a primary challenge, joining Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Mike Enzi of Wyoming.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Get rid off all these GOP thugs. Evil goes away.

    October 17, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. rs

    And the GOP's circular firing squad forms up again.

    These fools don't get it. The petty radicalism, and anti-American hoopla of the TEA Party will not make the GOP more popular to average, sane Americans.

    October 17, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. Wake up People!

    These people are determined to destroy this once great nation. Kick the Tea Party out people!!

    October 17, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  4. jinx9to88

    LMAO!! Whats scary is that the tea party tries to put anybody in office as long as they are puppets they dont care.

    October 17, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  5. Lolo

    If the moderate Republicans had sttod up against the crazies they would not have to worry about a challenger.

    October 17, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The Republican Party has far more to worry about with the Tea Party, than the Democratic Party. Can we call it a political coup'd'etat, yet? You, folks, do realize that they're trying to pull the same stunt on the federal government, too? Take it over, and redesign it to their liking.

    October 17, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  7. Data Driven

    Mmm, yes yes, Cochran is a raving Marxist, yup yup. Doublin' down on crazy, are we, "conservatives"?

    "There are those in D.C. that don't appear to be listening. There are those in D.C. that don't appear to care for the Constitution," said McDaniel in web video."

    Hm, there are also those who haven't read section 4 of the 14th Amendment.

    Conservatives: Always Citing, But Never Actually Reading, the Constitution Since, Like, Forever

    October 17, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. Montykoolaid

    I love that all the teaparty clowns keep screaming about the Constitution while not understanding and in most cases not even reading it. It would seem the Constitution is simply a magic document that changes according to what white Christians want.

    The ACA is unconstitutional! – But the supreme court ruled it constitutional, so it officially is. – Silence

    October 17, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Lolo

    If the moderate Republicans had sttod up against the crazies they would not have to worry about a challenger.
    -------------------------
    If the moderate Republicans had sense enough to stand against Citizens United, then they would not have to worry about a challenger.

    October 17, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Searcher

    Are the people of Mississippi going to be smart and keep an effective Senator or are they going to elect the TEA-GOP candidate? I'm not holding a out a ton of hope...

    October 17, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Thomas

    @Searcher
    Are the people of Mississippi going to be smart and keep an effective Senator or are they going to elect the TEA-GOP candidate? I'm not holding a out a ton of hope...

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    Mississippi will go more rebel yell as will the rest of the red states .

    The Tea Party with the support of the Heritage Freedom lobby is dubbing down

    October 17, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    If the moderate Republicans had sense enough to stand against Citizens United, then they would not have to worry about a challenger.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Seems to me that the Democraps need to pull the same stunt, then, with Citizens United that the Rethugs have been pulling with Obamacare.
    Derail it, challenge it, repeal it. But they won't because the truth is that they too benefit from Citizens United just like the Rethugs.
    Healthcare reform on the other hand, only affects us voters, so they'll keep letting the Rethugs screw with that.

    October 17, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Its really as if the Tea Party folks wanted them to take this vote, just to have another Stalinesque purge to get rid of anyone who might possibly deviate from their theology.

    October 17, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And Rudy NYC my previous comment to your post was just my internal railing at what has been allowed to transpire these past 16 days.
    I am embarrassed for the country I chose to pledge allegiance to.
    I cannot fathom how this bs has been allowed to occur in THIS country, not Dominican Republic, but THIS country in the year 2013.
    Billionaires and the 1%ers are completely intent on ruling this country and feeding us less than crumbs for our subsistance.
    That s h it CANNOT be allowed to happen.
    VOTE.

    October 17, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. Hector Slagg

    Ain't it Wonderful,
    100 years of liberal politics and this is what it brought us. So who will keep the trains running on time if not the responsible [people? Who will fill the grocery shelves and keep the electricity flowing? What liberal do you trust?

    October 17, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Mc danial should be hung from a lamp post along with the rest of the GOP teaparty traitors who cost the USA 24 billon dallars the GOP cost more money then their worth !!!!!

    October 17, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |