Nation & World News

Miss. Sen Thad Cochran Defeats Tea Party Challenger

By Scott Neuman on June 24th, 2014

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran held on to a slim margin of votes to defeat his Tea Party-backed challenger and win his party’s nomination.

Cochran, who at 76 has served six terms in the Senate, made a last-ditch effort to attract traditionally Democratic voters into the Republican primary runoff to bolster his flagging poll numbers against state Sen. Chris McDaniel.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran has 50.9 percent of the vote to McDaniel’s 49.1 percent. Turnout jumped to 360,000 from the 319,000 who voted in the June 2 primary, reports the Clarion-Ledger.

Reuters described the race as “a multimillion-dollar referendum on the direction of the Republican Party.”

The Associated Press says Cochran “sent billions of federal dollars to his poor state over a long career. His 41-year-old challenger said taxpayers could not afford that federal largesse.”

With just hours before the polls opened on Tuesday, The New York Times said Cochran’s campaign was “still reaching out to traditional black Democrats. … But turnout in African-American precincts appeared to be low, and McDaniel supporters were optimistic.”

USA Today noted a few bizarre moments in the campaign, including the arrest of four McDaniel supporters “who were charged with felony conspiracy for allegedly sneaking into the nursing home room of Cochran’s bedridden wife.”

Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Free diver Natalia Molchanova of Russia has been missing since Aug. 3.

One Of The World’s Most Famous Free Divers Is Missing Near Ibiza

Natalia Molchanova took a recreational dive on Sunday, didn’t come back up and is feared dead. Free divers hold their breath until they surface for air, instead of using breathing equipment.


Tenor Placido Domingo performs the title role in a 1994 performance of Verdi's Otello at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Metropolitan Opera To Drop Use Of Blackface-Style Makeup In ‘Otello’

The Met says it is committed to “colorblind casting” and that its production of Otello this fall will be the first without dark makeup since the opera was first seen at the company in 1891.


Sandra Bland's family announced Tuesday that they have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Houston.

Family Of Sandra Bland Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

The federal lawsuit accuses the Texas state trooper who arrested Bland of depriving her of her constitutional rights. Bland was found hanging in a jail cell three days later.


Isis Wenger, an engineer at OneLogin, responded to critics and Internet pundits with a hashtag campaign that shows the diversity of tech.

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn’t fit a “cookie-cutter mold.”


A small memorial lined a road near Sandy Hook Elementary School about a month after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings in Newtown, Conn.

Families Of Newtown Massacre Victims Reach $1.5 Million Settlement

The families of 16 victims sued the estate of shooter Adam Lanza’s mother and will receive nearly $94,000 apiece under the deal. The settlement still needs a judge’s approval.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments