Mississippi Cochran v. McDaniel joins other close political contests

Thad Cochran - Chris McDaniel
Thad Cochran - Chris McDaniel

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2014 – Thad Cochran (R-MI) and Chris McDaniel join a short list of almost too close to call elections with a .5% difference in tonight’s Mississippi primary with 95.4% of precincts reporting.

The vote difference just 1,365 out of 293,028.

As neither candidate was able to win more than 50% of the vote, the gentlemen will square off in run-off elections in three weeks time.

Notable tissue paper thin elections results include:

2014 Mississippi Senate Primary: Six Term republican Incumbent Thad Cochran vs. TEA Party candidate Chris McDaniel

This race has been one of the most brutal with plenty of Mississippi mud being flung by the candidates. Incumbent Thad Cochran has served in the Senate for 36 years making him the third longest serving senator. Serving as Mississippi State Senator representing the 42nd district. McDaniel is presently in his second term.

As neither candidate can be declared a winner, there will be a “run off” election in three weeks. With TEA Party backed Senators Ted Cruz (TX), Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) a win by McDaniels is said to be a final nail in the coffin of an old, tired and out-of-date GOP.

The next three weeks promise to be politically interesting in the Magnolia State.

2008 Minnesota Senate Race: Franken vs. Coleman

By 312 votes, Al Franken, former comedian (Saturday Night Live) defeated Minnesota Senate incumbent Republican Norm. The results of the race, where more than 2.4 million votes were cast, were challenged by Coleman, with the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling in favor of Franken.

2004 Gubernatorial Race: Gregoire vs. Rossi

With 2.8 million votes cast, Democrat Christine Gregoire defeated Republican Dino Rossi by 133 votes. Rossi demanded multiple recounts and filed lawsuits to challenge the results. Rossi challenged Gregoire again in 2008 and lost
2000 Presidential Race: Gore vs. Bush

Do you remember chads? On of the most famous too close to call elections came down to ‘chads’. In the 2000 Presidential race in Florida, George W. Bush defeated Al Gore by 537 votes, giving Bush the state, the Electoral College, and the presidency.

In a controversial decision, the U.S. Supreme Court stopped the recount effort before it was completed.

1998 Nevada Senate Race: Reid vs. Ensign

Democratic incumbent Harry Reid defeated Republican John Ensign by only 428 votes.

1974 New Hampshire Senate Race: Wyman vs. Durkin

Two votes out of 223,363 cast were all that separated Republican Louis Wyman and Democrat John Durkin’s in the closest election in the history of the Senate After a prolonged battle in the Senate, the two agreed to have a new election. Durkin won the new election by 27,000 votes. Had Wyman demanded the recount, he would have won.

1948 Presidential Race: Dewey vs. Truman

One of publishing history’s great blooper headlines is “Dewey Defeats Truman” because he didn’t. Harry Truman, was the underdog – leading to the premature headline mockup – however he won Ohio and California, securing the electoral college to beat Republican Thomas Dewey. Truman also won the popular vote.

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