Republican senate runoff is Tuesday
By Dwayne Bremer
Jun 20, 2014, 23:44
Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, right, a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, visited Diamondhead on June 1 to campaign for U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel.
The hotly-contested Republican senate primary runoff between Sen. Thad Cochran and Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel will be decided Tuesday.
Polling places across the state will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Those who voted in the June 3 Republican primary and voters who did not cast ballots on June 3 will be eligible to vote on Tuesday.
The only voters who are prohibited from voting are those who voted in the Democratic primary on June 3.
McDaniel, a state senator, from Ellisville edged Cochran in the total vote on June 3, but he did not receive more than 50 percent, and a runoff was scheduled.
Cochran, a six-term incumbent and former chairman of the senate appropriation's committee, visited the Coast on Thursday, stopping at the Pass Christian Harbor for a public endorsement from former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor of Bay St. Louis.
"This is not so much an anti-McDaniel thing, but asking people not to forget what Thad has done for us," Taylor said.
"We were very fortunate to have Thad in the position he was in after Hurricane Katrina."
Cochran has also received endorsements from many state leaders.
McDaniel visited Hancock County the weekend before the June 3 primary.
He has been endorsed by several staunch conservatives, including former vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin and former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
"Mississippi and our country need someone who will stand up for conservative values and Chris McDaniel is that person," Santorum said.
The winner of Tuesday's runoff will move on to the Nov. 4 general election to take on Democratic winner Travis Childers.