Despite no win, Carey heavily impacts primary

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - Thomas Carey may have finished last in the race for the Republican Senate nomination, but in the end he made his presence known.

Despite receiving only 4,789 votes, or 1.6 percent of the total vote, it was enough to force a run-off between six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel which will be held June 24. Carey said he never entered the race just to be a third-wheel.

"I ran to win," said Carey. "I didn't run to force the run-off, for sure."

Carey said he spent no more than 2,000 dollars on his campaign.  Compare that number to the reported eight million dollars spent by independent groups on the other two campaigns, and Carey's votes speak louder than money.

"The people of Mississippi work too hard," said Carey of his opinion on waste of campaign finances. "Instead of donating to a cause, they need to buy their children a book or take their family to dinner."

Carey said he isn't in favor of all the campaign money, but he does believe the time has come for a change in Washington D.C.

"I really think that I'm so irrelevant in this particular runoff between the two gentleman (Cochran and McDaniel), I really don't think my endorsement would make a hill of beans."

Carey said he plans to run in 2016 for U.S. Representative Alan Nunnelee's seat.