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Mississippi's GOP Senate primary race stays bitter to the end
Mississippi's GOP Senate primary race stays bitter to the end

Downright dirty politics is one way to describe Mississippi's Republican U.S. Senate primary, which has shaped up as the most brutally competitive of the season. And it's likely to be a nail-biter until the bitter end. Sen. Thad Cochran, the stately 74-year-old incumbent seeking a seventh term, is in the fight of his political life Tuesday against Chris McDaniel, a conservative upstart nearly half his age, in what has become a proxy campaign for the future of the GOP. More than $12 million has been dropped into this poor state pitting the GOP establishment — Cochran is backed by party elders, including the still-popular former Gov. Haley Barbour and almost every statewide...

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