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Thad Cochran beats rival Chris McDaniel to win Mississippi GOP Senate Runoff

US Republican Thad Cochran defeated Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel by slim margin for Mississippi GOP nomination on Tuesday.



Zee Media Bureau

Washington: US Republican Thad Cochran defeated Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel by slim margin for Mississippi GOP nomination on Tuesday.

Cochran`s victory came after he was defeated by McDaniel in the initial primary round but was still short of majority required to file the nomination.

In the three-week dash to the runoff, Cochran and his allies had highlighted his seniority while McDaniel had argued that Cochran was part of a blight of federal overspending, the AP reported.
The six-time senator`s victory is reportedly crucial ahead of the midterm elections to be held in November.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran had 51 percent to McDaniel`s 49 percent, three weeks after McDaniel had beaten the veteran lawmaker in the initial primary round but had fallen short of the majority needed for nomination. In the three-week dash to the runoff, Cochran and his allies had highlighted his seniority while McDaniel had argued that Cochran was part of a blight of federal overspending.

In a brief speech to supporters, Cochran thanked those who helped him secure a "great victory. ... It`s a group effort. It`s not a solo. And so we all have a right to be proud of our state tonight."
A defiant McDaniel offered no explicit concession, but instead complained of "dozens of irregularities" that he implied were due to Cochran courting Democrats and independents.

The win for Cochran, a stalwart of the Senate Appropriations Committee, was a fresh blow to the tea party movement, which spent millions to cast aside a mainstream Republican who won a US House seat in President Richard Nixon`s GOP wave of 1972 and has served in the Senate for more than three decades.

(With AP Inputs)

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