Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh was fired up on Wednesday following Sen. Thad Cochran’s controversial victory over tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel in Mississippi on Thursday. Cochran reached out to traditionally Democratic voters – blacks and union members – in a last-ditch effort to beat McDaniel.
“The Republican establishment sought victory via Democrat voters in the runoff, and they got them. Without the African-American vote from Democrat-leaning counties, Thad Cochrane would have lost by eight or nine percent last night,” Limbaugh said, calling the tactic "reprehensible."
Limbaugh cited a flyer, posted by journalist Charles Johnson that suggested McDaniel and the tea party wanted to prevent blacks from voting in the Mississippi runoff election on Tuesday. Cochran’s critics allege the longtime senator’s campaign was behind the flyers.
“This, combined with other efforts, secured a turnout of black Democrat voters in a Republican primary that gave Thad Cochran, in my view, a corrupt and undeserved victory,” Limbaugh added. “What happened in Mississippi was that the most electable Republican candidate was thwarted by the Republican establishment.”
The radio host also jokingly wondered if Cochran’s campaign slogan was “Uncle Toms for Thad.”
“I thought it was the worst thing you could do as an African-American to vote to a Republiccan… but somehow they were made to believe that voting for old Thad would be fine and dandy,” he said. “They were told that Thad’s done a lot for black people in Mississippi — it must be the first time they were told that.”
Listen to some of the audio via the Daily Rushbo: