Cochran earns Republican nod in close runoff with McDaniel
By Dwayne Bremer
Jun 24, 2014, 23:10
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly defeated Chris McDaniel in Tuesday’s runoff.
Sen. Thad Cochran survived a strong challenge from Tea Party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday and won the state's Republican senate primary.
Cochran, 76, a six-term senator, will move on to face Democratic challenger Travis Childers in the November general election.
McDaniel won Hancock County, collecting 3,301 votes here to Cochran's 3,100, but it was Cochran who prevailed statewide taking 50.9 percent of the total vote.
At press time Tuesday, Cochran had collected 189,355 votes to 182,756 with 99.8 percent of precincts reporting state-wide. On June 3, McDaniel held a slight lead over Cochran, but did not get 50 percent of the vote because Thomas Carey collected about 5,000 votes to force a runoff.
In the past three weeks, both candidates have campaigned hard to attract voters who did not cast ballots on June 3.
In Hancock County, there were about 200 fewer voters Tuesday than on June 3, but statewide, there were about 70,000 more votes cast in the runoff.
Cochran visited Pass Christian last week and said he was confident he would be victorious. Neither Cochran nor McDaniel's campaigns were available for comment by press time Tuesday.