June 25th, 2014
07:10 PM ET
6 months ago

Cochran’s strategy: Good or bad for the GOP?

(CNN) – A number of high-profile conservative activists are steamed over Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision to court traditionally Democratic voters – including African-Americans – in his primary runoff victory over tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

“I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past couple days,” Rush Limbaugh said Wednesday on his nationally syndicated radio show. “Uncle Toms for Thad?”

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Republican Party • Thad Cochran
June 24th, 2014
02:54 PM ET
6 months ago

Final chapter underway in nation's ugliest primary

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - Lifelong Democrat Jackie Bland is doing something she never thought she'd do: Urge people to vote for a Republican.

Bland supports Thad Cochran, a six-term Mississippi senator who's trying to fend off a fierce tea party challenge to his seat from Chris McDaniel as voting got underway in Tuesday's primary runoff.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
Celebrity battle on the campaign trail
June 20th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
6 months ago

Celebrity battle on the campaign trail

(CNN) - I'll see your Brett Favre and raise you a Chuck Woolery.

It seems Mississippi's GOP Senate runoff campaign is turning into a battle of celebrities.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris McDaniel • Mississippi • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Thad Cochran
Brett Favre turns out for Thad Cochran in new ad
June 19th, 2014
10:15 AM ET
6 months ago

Brett Favre turns out for Thad Cochran in new ad

(CNN) – The Chamber of Commerce has turned to a big gun as it tries to help Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi across the goal line in next Tuesday's primary runoff.

Mississippi native and retired NFL star Brett Favre, who was named MVP and led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl win in 1997, stars in the Chamber's new spot lauding Cochran and his efforts to help the state.

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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • Chamber of Commerce • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran
June 13th, 2014
01:34 PM ET
6 months ago

First on CNN: Chamber mounting new effort for embattled Cochran

Washington (CNN) - As the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff contest is about to enter into its final week, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to go up with a new television ad for embattled incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, CNN has learned.

Cochran is squaring off against tea party favorite Chris McDaniel, a state senator, in a June 24th runoff.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Race • Thad Cochran
Cochran's bizarre answer on Cantor's loss
June 13th, 2014
01:01 PM ET
6 months ago

Cochran's bizarre answer on Cantor's loss

(CNN) – GOP Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi had already commented about Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss earlier this week. So why did he appear unaware of the outcome when asked about it on Thursday?

"I don't know what you're talking about," the six-term senator said in an interview with Fox News, when asked about the race. "What happened in Virginia?"

A spokesman for Cochran said the senator "had been asked that question repeatedly and answered it repeatedly."

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Filed under: 2014 • Eric Cantor • Mississippi • Tea Party • Thad Cochran
Another controversy plagues GOP Senate battle in Mississippi
June 5th, 2014
05:42 PM ET
7 months ago

Another controversy plagues GOP Senate battle in Mississippi

(CNN) – In another bizarre twist in the ugly showdown for the GOP Senate nomination in Mississippi, Chris McDaniel's campaign is on the defense Thursday after a few of its staffers were found locked inside a local courthouse.

McDaniel is the tea party-backed state senator who's challenging Thad Cochran for the incumbent senator's seat. He edged out Cochran by just 1,300 votes in Tuesday's primary, but since neither cracked 50% of the vote, they'll face off again in a runoff on June 24.

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Filed under: Mississippi • Thad Cochran
Mississippi GOP primary race too close to call
June 4th, 2014
01:17 AM ET
7 months ago

Mississippi GOP primary race too close to call

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - The heated race between longtime Sen. Thad Cochran and conservative challenger Chris McDaniel was too close to call late Tuesday night. McDaniel held a razor-thin margin over Cochran of less than one percentage point.

The Mississippi race is a high-profile tea party vs. mainstream showdown. For tea party supporters, it's perhaps their best chance to claim victory after facing a string of defeats this year.

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Filed under: 2014 • Mississippi • Tea Party • Thad Cochran
June 3rd, 2014
05:22 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP race down to the wire in Mississippi

Updated 10:58 p.m. ET, 6/3/2014

Jackson, Mississippi (CNN) - It's unclear how Tuesday's GOP Senate race in Mississippi will end, but the race has no doubt been close–and ugly–in the final stretch.

With 87% of the state's precincts reporting as of 11 p.m. ET, state Sen. Chris McDaniel was narrowly ahead of incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, 49.9% to 48.4%, according to numbers compiled by The Associated Press.

In Iowa, CNN projects state Sen. Joni Ernst, who garnered support from Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, will win the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat.

Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. But the two races that are grabbing the most attention are the contests in Mississippi and Iowa.

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Filed under: 2014 • Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
May 23rd, 2014
10:05 AM ET
7 months ago

Three more charged in Mississippi GOP primary scandal

Updated 1:41 p.m. ET, 5/23/14

(CNN) – Police charged three more men in connection to the blogger who's been accused of taking a picture of Sen. Thad Cochran's wife in her nursing home bed and creating a political video against the longtime senator from Mississippi.

Authorities on Thursday arrested Mark Mayfield, an attorney and local tea party leader, and Richard Sager, an elementary school P.E. teacher and high school coach, according to The Clarion-Ledger newspaper. Police also charged a third individual, John Beachman Mary, but did not take him into custody because of "extensive medical conditions."

All three face conspiracy charges, the newspaper reported.

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Filed under: Congress • Mississippi • Senate • Thad Cochran
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