Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cochran Takes Winston County with 55.5% of the Vote

Tuesday’s primary runoff election between incumbent Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel put an end to a long and sometimes nasty campaign for the Republican party candidate for United States Senate. While McDaniel led the race in the June 3 primary, he was unable to capture a 50% majority, forcing the June 24 runoff.

The incumbent Cochran was able to rally some additional support and in a very tight runoff, he was able to capture roughly 51% of the vote statewide and is expected to face Democrat Travis Childers in November for the Senate seat.

Winston County voters also polled for Cochran, who captured 55.5% of the vote in the County. Turnout in the County was slightly heavier for the runoff than for the initial primary and this was the pattern across the state. While only 17.5% of Winston County’s registered voters voted in Tuesday’s runoff, this is a bit misleading as voters who cast ballots in the Democratic primary on June 3 could not vote in this runoff. There were 2276 votes cast in the runoff versus 1659 in the June 3 primary. Cochran received 1263 votes to McDaniel’s 1012.

Statewide the race was even closer as latest reports indicate that Cochran leads by approximately 6000 votes with a 50.8% percentage. Multiple news sources indicate that McDaniel may be considering a challenge of the results but it is uncertain as to what the basis of that challenge may be.