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June 05, 2014


McDaniel Seen as Having Edge in Runoff

Jackson Clarion-Ledger: "Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) needs a large, broad turnout in a June 24 runoff -- a steep hill, since runoffs are typically parochial with low turnout. Challenger Chris McDaniel needs his blue collar and tea party base of voters in his strongholds to turn out strong again. They still appear fired up and ready. Both Republican U.S. Senate campaigns need money, lots of it fast, or outside groups willing to spend on their behalf."

"As the two campaigns analyzed Tuesday's voting -- in which they fought to nearly a draw -- and plotted strategy moving forward, most prognoses had the runoff tilted in McDaniel's favor."

However, Harry Enten says "we should be cautious in speculating how the Mississippi runoff will go. There hasn't been a GOP primary for Senate or governor in the past 26 years in which an incumbent didn't get the most votes but still made a runoff. We're in mostly uncharted territory."












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