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Analysis: Legislative candidates prep for August primaries

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JACKSON — Mississippi politicians are gearing up for a busy summer campaign season. One legislative race worth watching is a Democratic primary that pits two incumbent state senators against each other up north. Another is a Gulf Coast Republican primary in which a senator with statewide ambitions is challenged by a former emergency director who handled local operations during Hurricane ...

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Analysis: Influence of Senate Conservative Coalition wanes

JACKSON — Nearly two years ago, the newly formed Mississippi Senate Conservative Coalition was preparing to make life uncomfortable for Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a fellow Republican whom the coalition’s leaders viewed as too willing to work across party lines. Now, the coalition has mostly unraveled, and seven of its 11 original members have even endorsed Reeves for re-election. Some ...

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SPR: Bryant second term a safe bet; other contests developing

Gov. Phil Bryant (R) was elected in 2011 with 61 percent of the vote, after winning the Republican Primary with 59 percent. This year, he is running for reelection. With the February filing deadline fast approaching, Bryant has no opposition so far. “Its going to be just about a walk-in for Bryant…,” says Bill Minor, dean of Mississippi journalists.  “Bryant ...

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McDaniel's lawyers intend to file challenge of loss to Cochran

ELLISVILLE — Lawyers for tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said yesterday that they intend, in the next 10 days, to file a challenge of McDaniel’s loss to six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary. Attorneys and advisers to McDaniel said they need more time to examine ballot boxes and poll books. They said they are seeking voting irregularities ...

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McDaniel turns to Supreme Court in bid to count votes

JACKSON — U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel is taking his quest to view original voting records to the Mississippi Supreme Court. McDaniel asked yesterday for an emergency order forcing Harrison County Circuit Clerk Gayle Parker to let him see original copies of poll books. He’s trying to prove people who voted in the June 3 Democratic primary illegally voted in ...

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Miss. GOP to file Senate runoff certified results

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Mississippi Republican Party faces a Monday deadline to file certified results from the June 24 runoff in which six-term Sen. Thad Cochran defeated Chris McDaniel. Party spokesman Bobby Morgan said results will be filed with the secretary of state’s office by the 5 p.m. deadline. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the numbers would be publicly released Monday. ...

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McDaniel delivers challenge notice to Cochran's son

ELLISVILLE — The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is taking the first step to challenge the outcome. Chris McDaniel’s campaign said it believes it has found about 4,900 examples of improper voting in the June 24 runoff. Most were by people who apparently voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and the Republican ...

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McDaniel still not conceding; fight over poll books continues

JACKSON — State Sen. Chris McDaniel has presented no evidence to support his claim that voter fraud pushed Senate incumbent Thad Cochran to victory in Mississippi’s GOP runoff. And without evidence, the tea party-backed hopeful is going to have a tough time overturning Cochran’s nearly 6,800-vote win. But a week after the balloting, McDaniel isn’t giving up. McDaniel spokesman Noel ...

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Republicans look to regroup after turbulent primary runoff

JACKSON — The Mississippi Republican Party will need to mend rifts within its own ranks after a bitter primary between six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and a tea party-backed challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Cochran won a primary runoff last week, but McDaniel’s ability to collect 49 percent against a longtime incumbent could embolden other tea party Republicans hoping to ...

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With Cochran victory, Dems and GOP must regroup

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fresh off Sen. Thad Cochran’s comeback to defeat tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi’s bitter Republican Senate runoff, the general election matchup between the six-term incumbent and Democratic former Congressman Travis Childers features two pragmatists each trying to wrest a winning coalition out of a jumbled primary. Cochran will have to chase Republicans who backed his ...

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