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Bitter GOP senate primary in Mississippi officially heads to runoff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel on Wednesday formally headed to a Republican Senate primary runoff in Mississippi, launching what is expected to be an expensive and bitter three-week campaign sprint. With all precincts counted in Tuesday’s primary, both candidates fell just short of…

Republican primary in Mississippi gives the Tea Party another chance to defeat the establishment

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be fighting for political survival on Tuesday in a Republican primary contest that represents the conservative Tea Party’s best chance to knock off a sitting senator this year. The showdown between Cochran, who is seeking his seventh Senate…