Thad Cochran defeats Tea Party-backed opponent in Mississippi Senate runoff

By Michelle Kapusta,

GOP Sen. Thad Cochran narrowly beat his Tea Party-backed opponent Chris McDaniel in Tuesday’s Mississippi runoff election.

According to USA Today, the six-term senator is the favorite to win another term and defeat Democrat Travis Childers in November.

The race for the GOP nomination was a highly contentious one and, as NBC News noted, stunning because it’s not often that an incumbent, who finished second in a primary, wins his runoff.

"It's a group effort," Cochran told his supporters after the victory. "We all have a right to be proud of our state tonight."

The 76-year-old veteran senator won 50.8 percent of the votes to McDaniel’s 49.2 percent, with all but one of the 1,832 precincts reporting.

In other races on Tuesday, the Oklahoma GOP primary for the Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn was won by Rep. James Lankford. In Colorado, GOP Rep. Bob Beauprez, won the primary to oppose Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper. Republican Curt Clawson won Florida’s election to succeed Trey Radel, who was busted for cocaine possession. And in Maryland, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown won the Democratic nomination for the governor’s seat.



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