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In Mississippi Senate contest, tea party comes up short
In Mississippi Senate contest, tea party comes up short

Republican Sen. Thad Cochran rallied bedrock Republicans and black Democrats to narrowly squeak past tea party challenger Chris McDaniel in Mississippi's primary runoff Tuesday night as the bitter campaign shook up GOP politics, widening the rift between the party's establishment and hard-right wing. The race was among the most costly and hard-edged of the midterm primary election cycle — one that, at least in its final days, took on racial overtones. Cochran's team reached out to Democrats, particularly to African Americans, who tend not to vote Republican. Under state law, voters from the other party who did not vote in the primary were eligible to vote in the GOP...

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