JACKSON, Miss. –Political analysts credit Democrats, and specifically African American voters in Mississippi for longtime Senator Thad Cochran keeping his seat.
Areas that are heavily African American and Democrat saw a voting increase of 40% in the runoff compared to the primary a few weeks before.
It appears those who represent those voters now want some payback.
Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson told the Huffington Post, “Our advocacy towards his office is to support amending the Voting Rights Act, free of any conditions such as voter ID,” Johnson said. “I think this is an opportunity for him to show some reciprocity for African-Americans providing a strong level of support for him.”
Johnson went on to say this is not the first time black voters helped Cochran, “Truth be told, not only would he not have won the election last night, he would not have been a sitting senator at all but for the volunteers and the staff of the NAACP, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, CORE, who worked diligently over several years which culminated to what we now know as Freedom Summer.”
Supporters of Cochran opponent Chris McDaniel wonder exactly what Cochran will do to pay back those voters and whether this will sway the way he votes on issues important to Mississippians.