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Nearby MS voters favor primary loser

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Posted: Jun 24, 2014 10:17 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press

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Topics: Mississippi, election, Senate, primary, Tea Party

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.

Cochran defeated McDaniel by nearly 4,000 votes. 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.

Along the Mississippi-Louisiana state line, voters favored McDaniel over Cochran. Wilkinson and Amite counties backed McDaniel. Pike County backed Cochran.
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