JACKSON, Miss. - "I genuinely do not understand why some democrats voted in the republican primary yesterday because they were voting in a primary for a party who continuously votes against them," says U.S. Senate, Democratic nominee, Travis Childers. The former congressman will face off with U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in November.
"Yesterday, there was no democrat on the ballot and he was the candidate who asked for their help," says Childers. "There is something a bit unusual about a republican primary that's decided by liberal democrats," said Senator Chris McDaniel is his speech of defeat Tuesday night.
Childers says even though there was crossover voting in the republican primary, he strongly believes those voters will return to the democratic party when they cast their ballots in the general election. "Make no mistake those democrats will come home, they will unite behind me," says Childers.
Cochran campaigners reached out to democrats asking for their votes for the six-term incumbent. Tuesday night, in his speech to a joyous crowd, Senator Cochran said the victory was a group effort. "You are the ones who helped reach all the voters, make sure they knew they were important to this election because it's a group effort, it's not a solo," cheers Senator Cochran.
"The victory last night showed that Mississippi may not be as far to the right as the pundits describe us," says Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman, Rickey Cole, says he believes Cochran did what he had to do to win.
"I believe they'll be a lot of McDaniel voters who are dissatisfied with this nominee, there were over 180-thousand Mississippians who didn't want Senator Cochran to continue in Washington."
In a statement released by Senator Chris McDaniel's campaign, they're looking for answers: "In the coming days, our team will look into the irregularities to determine whether a challenge is warranted. After we've examined the data, we will make a decision about whether and how to proceed."