Anger Rises at Both Mississippi GOP Candidate Scandals

Sunday, 01 Jun 2014 06:44 PM

By Greg Richter

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
With both major Republican Senate candidates hit by scandal, undecided Mississippi primary voters tell pollsters they are equally disgusted by both.

Chism Strategies surveyed Mississippi voters on Thursday. They were asked how they were affected by reports that a campaign supporter of challenger Chris McDaniel took pictures of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife, who is in hospice care, and posted them online.

They also were asked how they felt about reports that Cochran has taken his female executive assistant to 42 countries at taxpayer expense.

McDaniel has denied any ties to the blogger who took photos of Cochran's wife. The blogger and two others have been arrested, and McDaniel has called for the prosecution of anyone involved.

According to police,  the purpose of the photos was to push allegations that Cochran is involved in an affair with his employee.

McDaniel, a tea party challenger, initially lost support when the photos appeared online, but has bounced back, Chism's poll indicates.

McDaniel was leading Cochran before the scandal broke, but was within the margin of error, Chism reports. McDaniel has since recovered that thin lead, but the race, with voting Tuesday, is too close to call, Chism said.

Sixty-seven percent of undecideds said the photo scandal was unlikely to affect whether they would vote for McDaniel, while 60 percent said they weren't likely to be affected by the story of Cochran and his assistant.

When asked to rank which of the two stories was worse, each story was ranked worse by 10 percent of undecideds, while 81 percent said both were equally bad.

The survey of all Republican likely voters showed McDaniel with 46.4 percent support to Cochran's 44.3 percent. Third candidate Thomas Carey had 1.4 percent support, and 7.9 percent are undecided.

Chism said that there was significant difference in support depending on age. The more younger voters turn out on Tuesday, the better it will be for challenger McDaniel.

Mississippi is an open primary state, meaning people who typically vote Democratic in general elections can vote in the Republican primary. With Mississippi's Democratic primary not heavily contested, a large Democratic vote in the GOP primary could affect the outcome.

The poll did not include likely Democratic voters, but Chism said strong Democratic crossover would likely help Cochran.

Related Stories

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Hillary Clinton Shadow in Iowa No Threat to Some Democrats

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 07:20 AM

Democrats with presidential dreams are coming to Iowa with little fanfare, entourage or recognition. They are undeterred . . .

Obama Urges Renewal of US Export-Import Bank

Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 07:17 AM

President Barack Obama is trying to rally support for a taxpayer-subsidized bank that he says creates jobs.In his weekly . . .

Emails Show Scott Walker Recall Election Campaign Push

Friday, 22 Aug 2014 22:41 PM

Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election c . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved