In an average of polls, Tea Party-supported State Sen. Chris McDaniel appears to be leading long-time incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran by six points in the runoff election for the GOP U.S. Senate nomination set for next Tuesday. There is at least once strong similarity betweeen the Mississippi Senate primary and the House primary last week in Virginia where Rep. Eric Cantor lost his seat. In both races the incumbents tried to convince voters on the idea that their Washington, DC experience and their ability to bring home pork barrel projects were reasons for voters to back them.
But in both states that incumbent knows best strategy seems to have little appeal to GOP primary voters who are unhappy with the Washington establishment in both parties. In both races, Washington lobbyists thought their heavy money behind incumbents alone would be enough to defeat the challengers but so far in both races the DC money has been much less important than the opinions of local voters. That is as it should be.
Where voters are king, big government starts to lose ground to liberty. Most conservatives already know that big business is not the friend of liberty because big business wants to use the leverage of government power to rig the system in favor of their company or industry so they do not really believe in the free market. Sometimes small business can be an ally of conservative principles but rarely do Fortune 500 companies favor principled conservatives over establishment incumbents in both parties. A win for State Sen. Cochran this Tuesday would confirm the hopeful trend that started in Virginia's 7th District on June 10th.