Cochran Defeats Challenger in Miss. GOP Runoff

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. — Six-term Sen. Thad Cochran has defeated challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s Republican primary runoff.

Cochran’s win Tuesday was another blow to tea party groups that are trying to unseat longtime GOP lawmakers. The race attracted $12 million in spending by outside groups.

Returns showed Cochran with a lead of about 3,800 votes, holding 50.5 percent of the vote to McDaniel’s 49.5 percent.

The 76-year-old Cochran is a former Senate Appropriations Committee chairman. He was first elected to the Senate in 1978 after serving six years in the House.

Cochran moves on to the general election to face former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat, and the Reform Party’s Shawn O’Hara of Hattiesburg.

McDaniel, who’s 41, is a state senator.

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  • Jesse

    I agree Cochran should retire. However I will not vote for a true Democrat either. I believe Cochran will retire shortly after the new Congress convenes. But the MS GOP will just influence the Governor to appoint another RINO!

  • dontcare

    Look for nothing to change if Thad gets reelected. He needs to just retire and let some one with new ideas serve us. I am sorry if you may not agree, but look at the mess we have in DC. Thad is no help what so ever. I am disappointed and will not vote for him and yes I am a Republican.

    • Ed

      I totally agree with you, sorry that he was re-elected. You can expect the same ole same ole…..maybe get a new building with his name on it.
      I don’t have any respect for McCain and not that much for Bad Thad, been there too long and only taking care of himself.

      Yep, I’m a Republican…..but will vote for Childers in November.