Campaign Manager Suggests It’s Better To Vote For Dem Than Write-In McDaniel

September 3, 2014 3:01 p.m.

Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s (R) campaign manager suggested that voters back former Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS), the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate in the state, as a protest vote against Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS).

McDaniel’s campaign manager, state Sen. Melanie Sojourner (R), made the suggestion in a Facebook comment on Wednesday.

Here is Sojourner’s post:

If you write Chris in then you ARE voting for Thad! MS law does not allow for a write in candidate. Those who do will only have their vote tossed out. Their is only one vote you can cast in an effort to defeat Thad…. only one. Everything else is in fact a vote supporting him.

Though she doesn’t explicitly back voting for Childers, only three names will appear on the ballot in Mississippi for U.S. Senator: Childers, Cochran, and a Reform party candidate named Shawn O’Hara, according to a sample ballot on the Mississippi Secretary of State’s website.

The call by Sojourner came the same day that McDaniel said he would announce his decision on whether a judge’s recent dismissal of his lawsuit against the results of the runoff election of the Republican primary for U.S. Senate (which Cochran won).

RealClearPolitics lists the Mississippi Senate race as likely to stay in GOP hands.

(H/t: Y’all Politics)

Latest Livewire
Comments are now Members-Only

Non-members are still able to read comments, but will no longer be able to participate. To join the conversation, sign up now and get:

30% Off Annual Prime Membership

TPM strives to build as inclusive a community as financially possible. We offer FREE memberships to those experiencing financial hardship and FREE memberships for students.

View all options
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: