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The fiery Chris McDaniel speech you have to see

Last night, Sen. Thad Cochran won the Republican Senate primary in Mississippi.

That did not make Chris McDaniel very happy, as his non-concession concession speech shows. Here are the highlights — in under two minutes.

In a surreal speech late Tuesday night, Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel railed against his own state's party and vowed that his fight isn't over. He did not concede. (Jeff Simon/The Washington Post)


McDaniel mentioned former President Ronald Reagan at least five times, and focused much of his speech on the Cochran campaign's efforts to get Democrats — especially black voters — to come out and vote for him in the run-off. He lambasted Cochran — without ever saying his name — for "once again compromising, once again reaching against the aisle." Earlier, he said of the race's results, "so much for principle."

“Today the conservative movement took a backseat to liberal Democrats in Mississippi," he told his audience. 

Tea party candidate Chris McDaniel delivers a concession speech in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 24, 2014. U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi narrowly defeated challenger McDaniel on Tuesday in a high-profile runoff election that pitted the Republican Party establishment against the insurgent tea party movement. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

If anything, McDaniel is even more furious with the Republican Party than he was when he first challenged Cochran from the right at the beginning of the primary campaign.

He also complained of "dozens of irregularities" in the run-off results and vowed that he would make sure the "sanctity of the vote is upheld."

"Before this race ends, we have to be certain that the Republican primary was won by Republican voters."

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.



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