Conservative pundit Ann Coulter has clearly tired of Republican activists’ dogged efforts to contest the results of the Mississippi Senate runoff.
In her syndicated column Wednesday, Coulter said it “doesn’t look great” for supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS) to accuse blacks who voted for U.S. Sen Thad Cochran (R-MS) in the runoff election of committing voter fraud.
“It’s true that most black people don’t usually vote in Republican primaries,” she wrote. “But they do vote in general elections. And evidently a lot of them vote for Cochran.”
Coulter argued that historically, Cochran has actually won a decent portion of the black vote. She cited the 85 percent share of Mississippi voters the senator won in his last election without President Barack Obama on the ticket and pointed out that Cochran netted 40,000 more votes than Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) did in Mississippi during the 2008 election.
So instead of “trying to replace the Republican senator from Mississippi with a slightly different Republican,” Coulter urged McDaniel supporters to direct their energies toward electing GOP Senate candidates who are locked in close races with Democrats.
“If Chris McDaniel’s supporters want to show what bad-ass studs they are, how about walking across the Mississippi River and getting Tom Cotton elected in Arkansas? He’s running against a Democrat, fellas!” she wrote. “Or how about walking a little farther down the river, to Louisiana, and helping Bill Cassidy take out another Democrat?”
The column marks the second time the conservative pundit has asked McDaniel’s camp to give it up. Earlier this month, she accused McDaniel supporters, whom she called the “Sore Loser Brigade,” of killing his political career and risking Republican control of the U.S. Senate.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.