Hillary: Thad Cochran Won by Expanding GOP Base

Monday, 30 Jun 2014 09:09 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Calling the outcome of the GOP's bruising June 24 Senate runoff in Mississippi of "historical importance," Hillary Clinton said Monday that incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran's victory was ensured after "Republicans expanded their base."

Cochran and tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel were forced into a runoff after McDaniel, despite his getting more votes in the GOP primary, failed to secure the 50 percent needed to declare victory.

For the rematch, Cochran's campaign wooed Democrats and African Americans who did not vote in the June 3 primary. Voters in the Magnolia State don't have to declare party affiliation when they register, but must cast a ballot in the same party's runoff in which they voted originally.

Speaking at the Aspen Ideas Institute in Colorado during a tour for her memoir, "Hard Choices," Clinton said the strategy worked and Republicans should take note, according to tweets from the event.
 
Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker tweeted:

And MSNBC's Dave Weigel tweeted: “Hillary on #MSSen, salting the Tea Party’s wound: 'There’s a lesson in there. Expand your base. Get out of your comfort zone.'"

CNN reported that the former secretary of state said Cochran had "reached out to Democrats, and particularly black Democrats, and said, 'Join with us, Thad Cochran is a better choice.' And they succeeded."

McDaniel, who hasn't conceded, has complained about voting irregularities.

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