(Campaign for America’s Future) — While Chris McDaniel and his Tea Party supporters were hammering incumbent Republican Sen. Thad Cochran for his support of earmarks and votes raising the debt limit, Cochran didn’t run from the debate.

In the final days of the campaign, Cochran’s allies at the The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ran an ad “wall-to-wall in Mississippi” featuring NFL legend Brett Favre which was void of any conservative pitches.

Favre’s sole (if grammatically suspect) policy argument was: “Whether it’s getting critical funding for our schools, Thad Cochran always delivers, just like he did during Katrina.”

McDaniel whined in his non-concession speech that “there is something a bit unusual about a Republican primary that’s decided by liberal Democrats.”

True enough. One Cochran ally told Politico that “somewhere between 25- and 35,000 crossover votes made the difference here” in a race with about a 6,400 margin of victory. (African-American votes played a huge role, making a mockery of the Republican attempt to suppress their votes with a Voter ID law.)

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