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Cochran, McDaniel campaigning where they did poorly in primary

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Sen. Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel are courting voters in parts of the state where each lagged behind the other in the June 3 Republican primary. Cochran campaigned Friday in coastal Jackson County, shaking hands with workers during the 4 a.m. shift change at Ingalls shipbuilding. It’s the state’s largest private employer and relies heavily on ...

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Sen. McConnell hosts Cochran fundraiser that takes in $825,000

WASHINGTON — Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran is getting a campaign finance boost from the top Senate Republican, while tea party challenger Chris McDaniel continues telling voters that Cochran is failing to fight President Barack Obama’s policies. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser that collected $825,000 for Cochran on Tuesday at the National Republican Senatorial Committee building in Washington. ...

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Cochran, McDaniel exchange jabs on federal spending, deficit

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi’s two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are beginning to fire directly at each other, even as party officials prepare to make their runoff official. Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran visited Forrest General Hospital and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg today, highlighting both as programs he’s helped finance. Cochran says it would “dangerous” to elect ...

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Barbour: McDaniel will cut federal education funding

JACKSON — Establishment Republicans backing Sen. Thad Cochran have launched a campaign to brand GOP challenger Chris McDaniel a candidate who would deeply cut federal education dollars on which Mississippi schools rely. The six-term senator, they said, would protect money for students and teachers. Former Gov. Haley Barbour offered a preview for what his pro-Cochran super PAC and its allies ...

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Tea party rallying to help McDaniel's cash-strapped campaign

JACKSON — National tea party groups are divvying up the nuts and bolts of campaigning as they rush to boost Republican Chris McDaniel’s effort to deny Sen. Thad Cochran a seventh term representing Mississippi. The activist-focused FreedomWorks will run a door-to-door, get-out-the-vote operation ahead of the June 24 runoff. The anti-tax Club for Growth is ready to air even tougher ...

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Senators write letter, call for withdrawing of EPA regulations

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., have signed a letter along with 39 other senators calling on President Obama to withdraw the recently announced Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. “Mississippians will be forced to pay for another Obama environmental rule that is based on questionable legal ...

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Weary? Cochran-McDaniel runoff means more politicking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Voters already weary of the ugliest campaign in a generation are bracing for another three weeks of tear-down-your-opponent politicking. Challenger Chris McDaniel and Sen. Thad Cochran head toward a runoff in the tea party’s strongest attempt this year to unseat a powerful longtime lawmaker. Automated phone calls have already started, and independent groups are pledging significant financial ...

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Tea party officer, others trapped in courthouse in middle of night

JACKSON — A tea party officer and two others representing the challenger in a Senate primary became trapped in a courthouse in the middle of the night, hours after officials had gone home from counting votes, authorities said. Janis Lane, Scott Brewster and Rob Chambers were locked inside the Hinds County Courthouse more than an hour after entering shortly before ...

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Sticker shock? Each Cochran-McDaniel vote costs $40-plus

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The 2014 political spending spree continues, but it’s not exactly a bargain for investors. Mississippi’s Republican Senate primary between six-term incumbent Thad Cochran and challenger Chris McDaniel attracted massive sums of campaign cash that could come to more than $40 per vote amid low primary turnout in the relatively small state. That’s at least a third more ...

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Cochran-McDaniel, Taylor-Palazzo races too close to call

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Locked in a race that won’t end, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 run-off after battling to a near-draw yesterday in a primary that underscored Republican differences. Unofficial returns from 98 percent of the state’s precincts showed McDaniel with slightly over 49 percent of the vote in ...

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