Posted on | June 3, 2014 | 25 Comments
ITAWAMBA COUNTY, Mississippi
Working from an enormous cabin in the middle of a 37-acre forest, it feels like I’m in a remote wilderness, although I’m actually just 15 miles from Tupelo. Our accommodations Monday night were graciously provided by a local Tea Party lady who knows Ali Akbar, and the mailing address here is Mantachie (population 1,107), but we’re outside the city limits, so the evocative “Itawamba County” was obviously a more appropriate dateline for my latest column:
State Sen. Chris McDaniel finished up an early morning campaign stop Monday by urging his supporters to “push like you’ve never pushed before” to get voters to the polls in Tuesday’s Republican primary. Polls show the Tea Party-backed challenger is neck-and-neck with incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and turnout will be the decisive factor in a bitterly contested GOP fight that has drawn national attention.
“If we can unseat a 42-year incumbent, it will send shock waves through this country,” McDaniel told about 40 of his supporters who turned out for a breakfast meeting at Chick-fil-A in Tupelo.
The shock waves of a McDaniel victory would be a rebuke not only to the Republican establishment that has poured millions into Cochran’s re-election effort, but also to pundits who have been trying to write the obituary of the Tea Party movement. Regardless of the outcome Tuesday, the united effort of grassroots conservatives in the Mississippi primary have shown that the Tea Party is still very much alive, lifting up McDaniel — a young state senator previously unknown outside his district — to fight a down-to-the-wire campaign against a powerful incumbent with universal statewide name recognition. . . .
Today we’ve got a four-hour drive back to Hattiesburg for what we hope will be a victory celebration tonight. Your prayers are most certainly welcome and, of course: Hit the freaking tip jar!
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- May 27: Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson Will Speak at Republican Leadership Conference
- May 28: #RLC2014 Ready to Rock
- May 29: #RLC2014 Cooking With Gas!
- May 30: #RLC2014 N’Awlins, Y’all
- June 1: Craig McCulloch Is the Real Deal
- June 1: Mississippi Update: Chris McDaniel Campaign Fights GOP Establishment
- June 2: Can Chris McDaniel Close the Deal?