Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi returned to the Senate on Monday for the first time since last month's wild-ride election, but the Republican primary runoff he appears to have narrowly won remains far from over.
Tea party challenger Chris McDaniel is poised to launch an unprecedented legal challenge after refusing to concede the June 24 election. McDaniel claimed widespread voter fraud after the Cochran campaign openly courted Democratic support at the polls.
On Monday night, the Mississippi Republican Party officially certified Cochran's victory, saying he won by 7,667 votes.
But earlier in the day, more than 200 McDaniel supporters arrived at courthouses in the...