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Senate Conservatives Fund not backing down from Chris McDaniel/Thad Cochran fight

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Ken Cuccinelli, the former Virginia attorney general who's now president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, said his organization isn’t backing down over the Mississippi runoff election results from June.

Cuccinelli, in an interview with the Washington Examiner following his speech at the Young America's Foundation conference, said he didn’t regret sending $70,000 to help Chris McDaniel — who lost by 7,600 votes — because the tactics used by incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran were “lamentable.”

“No, we don’t regret [the donation]. We find it lamentable the tactics used. I mean, our candidate won among Republicans in both rounds of the primary — and nobody disputes that, including Thad Cochran,” Cuccinelli said.

Cuccinelli is clearly no fan of Cochran, or those who supported the incumbent, even though that’s kind of their job.

“When you look at what they did — the Establishment did — to try to hold onto their power, I mean, they literally adopted Democrat — worst Democrat — tactics,” Cuccinelli said. “The race-baiting, the pimping-out welfare and et cetera is what Thad Cochran was doing and the super PAC was doing.”

“And other Republican senators — none SCF-endorsed — were supporting that super PAC that did all the race-baiting attacks,” Cuccinelli added.

Cuccinelli, whose unsuccessful gubernatorial bin in 2013 received lukewarm (at best) support from the GOP Establishment, then began naming targets.

“People like [Sens.] Roy Blunt, [Bob] Corker, [Rob] Portman – they’re going to hear about it again,” Cuccinelli said. “This is not over for them because it suggests they don’t — aren’t just not conservative — that they are anti-conservative.”

“And the conservative base will respond to that,” added.

McDaniel still hasn’t conceded the election and is challenging the results in court.

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Ashe Schow

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The Washington Examiner

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