As BreakingBrown reported earlier today, embattled Mississippi U.S. Senator Thad Cochran has reached out to black voters in hopes of pulling victory from the jaws of defeat in Tuesday’s primary.
At least a dozen black preachers met at a church to devise a plan to convince their flock to support Republican incumbent Thad Cochran, but now there’s a new obstacle. Cochran’s opponent, Chris McDaniel, is supported by the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party, and those sympathetic to McDaniel will be trolling black precincts to ensure that there are no abnormalities.
The Wire reports that conservative backers of McDaniel–including the Senate Conservative Fund, FreedomWorks, and the Tea Party Patriots–have formed a group of election observers concerned about Cochran’s outreach to African-Americans.
“The laws in Mississippi are unusually open to poll watching from the outside,” Ken Cuccinelli, the Senate Conservatives Fund’s president reportedly said. “We’re going to take full advantage of that and we’re going to lay eyes on Cochran’s effort to bring Democrats in … And of course, if they voted in primaries, that’s illegal.”
Since Mississippi voters aren’t required to register for a party, voters of any political affiliation can vote in the run-off election so long as they didn’t vote in the June 3 Democratic primary.
Many view the Tea Party’s effort to keep Democratic voters from crossing over as a thinly veiled attempt to keep black voters from casting a vote for Cochran.