Bowing out gracefully: Prepare for next big thing

Published 7:00 am Saturday, August 16, 2014

This week, Tea-Party-backed candidate State Sen. Chris McDaniel filed suit in state court in Jones County.

According to news sources, McDaniel is asking the court to declare him the winner of the June 24 Republican runoff against incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran or order a new election. 

Cochran defeated McDaniel by 7,667 votes in the June 24 runoff election, the Associated Press reports. 

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According to the Associated Press, Mississippi voters are banned from voting in one party’s primary and another party’s runoff. 

McDaniel’s campaign claims, after examining ballots and voting records, that 3,500 people illegally voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and June 24 runoff, the Associated Press states. 

McDaniel said workers found about 9,500 “irregular” votes and 2,275 “improperly” cast absentee ballots.

There are times in our lives when we lose.

We may lose our jobs, our businesses, our homes, our friends and the greatest loss of all, the death of loved ones. 

In sports, adults and children don’t win every game, there is always a clear winner and loser. 

Yet, they don’t challenge every game that is lost. 

It would certainly be every plaintiff attorney’s dream to represent every loser of every game or election in the country. 

There was an apparent clear winner in this runoff and if there is merit to McDaniel’s claims, the courts will find it. 

If this next attempt fails, it would behoove McDaniel to move on, prepare for the next election or aim higher politically. 

McDaniel has an impressive legal and political career, it would be a shame to see it tarnished.