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Illegal pro-Cochran robocall targets black Democrats, alleges Tea Party racism

An automated message, or robocall, posted Sunday to YouTube, appears to target black Democrats in Mississippi and intimates that Chris McDaniel, the Tea Party-backed challenger to Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., is a racist who would engage in "disrespectful" treatment of Barack Obama.

Illegal pro-Cochran robocall alleges Tea Party racism
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“The time has come to take a stand and say NO to the Tea Party,” the message says. “NO to their obstruction. NO to their disrespectful treatment of the first African-American president," the female voice says in the call.

According to the Daily Caller, the message was first obtained by freelance journalist Charles Johnson from a local resident. The message encourages voters to vote against McDaniel, who is supported by the Tea Party. The only option on Tuesday's ballot is incumbent Thad Cochran.

Breitbart.com said last Wednesday that Cochran is appealing to Democrats in an effort to secure a win against McDaniel. But J. Christian Adams, a former attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, says the law prevents people from voting in the primary for candidates they don't plan to support in the general election.

One Democrat, LeeRoy Carter, a black preacher working to get Democrats out for Cochran, intends to vote for Democrat Travis Childers in November's general election, Breitbart.com reported Saturday. Breitbart also said Mississippi Democratic Party chairman Rickey Cole advised Democrats against voting in Tuesday's election, citing the law.

McDaniel's campaign decried the move and blamed Cochran for the robocall.

“It is clear that Mississippi Republicans have rejected Thad Cochran’s liberal voting record and it’s sad to see Thad Cochran resort to courting Democrats simply to hold onto power," said McDaniel spokesman Noel Fritsch.

The Cochran campaign, however, denies any connection to the automated message and blamed the McDaniel campaign.

“It’s an obvious, transparent stunt by McDaniel and his allies,” said Cochran spokesman Jordan Russell.

Video of the call can be seen above.