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Incumbent liberal “Republican” Thad Cochran won his state’s primary runoff election this week, a stunning victory for the national GOP establishment over the limited government wing of America’s minority party.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran received 50.8 percent of the vote compared to 49.2 percent for fiscally conservative challenger Chris McDaniel, a State Senator who appeared poised to defeat the six-term incumbent.

How did Cochran eke out such a narrow victory? He took a page out of the Democratic playbook, and turned out the black vote …

“Runoff turnout in the 24 counties with a black population of 50 percent or more was up almost 40 percent from the primary,” pro-establishment reporter Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post  notes. “In all other counties, turnout was up just 16 percent.”

That’s an amazing statistic … especially when you consider Democrats would have been more likely to pick up this Senate seat in the event McDaniel had defeated Cochran, as most pundits were projecting.

So … how was Cochran’s campaign able to pull off such a feat?

Easy: By using special interest money to disseminate racist, fear-mongering, dependency-perpetuating radio ads like this one …

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“By not voting, you’re saying take away all of my government programs – such as food stamps, early breakfast and lunch programs, millions of dollars to our black universities,” the ad’s female, African-American narrator states. “Everything we and our families depend on that comes from Washington will be cut.”

“Mississippi will never be the same,” she adds.


Last time we checked Mississippi – much like South Carolina – will always be the same.

In fact this is precisely the sort of shameful ad used in the Palmetto State last November … by Democrats.

Welcome to the new “Republican” party people … in which good ol’ boy politicians win tight primary elections by telling black voters the Tea Party is going to take away their food stamps.

“This is your victory,” Cochran told his supporters after he was declared the winner.

Sing it with us, people …

Oh beautiful, for spacious skies …