Senator’s Re-election Decision Could Clear Race For Tea Party Candidate

AP

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) will decide whether he’s running for re-election by the end of the month, according to WTVA in Mississippi.

If Cochran decides not to run, the race would open up for state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) to be the likely inheritor of the Senate seat. McDaniel is currently running in the Republican primary against Cochran and has been endorsed by FreedomWorks, the Tea Party Express and the Senate Conservatives Fund. He’s also made headlines for attending at least one neo-confederate gathering.

But, according to Roll Call, local Republicans say that McDaniel would likely face another Republican in the primary if Cochran decided to retire.

Republicans are heavily favored to retain control of the seat.

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