Mississippi Senate Race

Barbour Rides to Cochran's Rescue

Alexander Burns, Politico

Haley Barbour aims to rescue embattled GOP-E incumbent Cochran. The pro-Cochran Miss. Conservatives PAC, lead by Barbour's nephews, spent $400k against conservative Chris McDaniel.

Palin: I'll Keep Shaking Up Washington

Todd Beamon, NewsMax

Sarah Palin endorsed Miss. state Sen. Chris McDaniel in his tea party-backed bid to challenge Thad Cochran. Palin says she'll continue to endorse conservative candidates who are willing to stand up to the permanent political class and not just go along to get along with "the corrupt status quo."

Thought the Senate Map Was Set?

Jessica Taylor, The Hill

The past week brought a significant '14 shake-up in Senate math, as Repubs. and Dems. each landed top recruits in Colorado and Mississippi, putting races in play that had long been an afterthought.

Cruz Backs Group Hoping to Oust McConnell, Roberts, Cochran

Drew MacKenzie, Newsmax

Ted Cruz has angered the GOP estab. by supporting conservative group the Madison Project, which is attempting to replace incumbent Repub. senators with tea party activists in the midterm elections.

Fact Check: Thad Cochran Hasn't Always Voted Against Amnesty

Matthew Boyle, Breitbart

Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-MS) spokesman says he's voted “against amnesty in every chance he's gotten.” However, a review of his voting record shows that's not true.

Thad Cochran’s Groundhog Day Problem

Mississippi's establishment Republican Senator Thad Cochran is stuck in a time warp where the Tea Party movement never came into being and the federal government's cycle of pork barrel spending, deficit and debt will continue as long as he's re-elected.

Is Chris McDaniel the TeaParty's Next Favorite Primary Challenger?

Jim Geraghty, National Review

Chris McDaniel says he’s willing to draw a hard line on pork, consider entitlement reform, and doesn't think Mitch McConnell should be the Senate's GOP leader.

Cochran's TeaParty Challenger Raises $500K in 10 Weeks

Cameron Joseph, The Hill

Sen. Thad Cochran's (R-Miss.) Tea Party challenger, Miss. state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) got a big fundraising boost from many conservative groups including the Club for Growth, FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

TeaParty's McDaniel Blasts GOP-E's Thad Cochran

John Gizzi, NewsMax

"I am running primarily because of [Sen. Thad Cochran’s] inability to follow constitutional constraints, on spending, on sovereignty, and other major issues," tea party candidate Chris McDaniel said, citing Cochran's vote last year to re-open the gov't and funding Obamacare.

Cochran to Face Toughest Election Yet

Emily Schultheis, Politico

Estab. Repub. Veteran Sen. Thad Cochran (Miss.) announced that he would seek a 7th term. It could be his toughest race yet. Cochran, 76, has the support of many of his state’s Repub.

Conservatives Lining Up Behind Chris McDaniel In Mississippi

Chris McDaniel, whom The Club for Growth described as “a constitutional conservative with backbone,” has now garnered two important endorsements and is doing a great job defining himself as the conservative alternative to 40-year incumbent establishment Republican Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi.

More Tea Party Challengers Step Up

Seth McLaughlin, The Washington Times

Tea partyers and conservative groups signaled they believe they didn’t lose, but rather were sabotaged from within by weak Repubs — and took the first steps to oust one of them. Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced he would challenge U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Republican primary next year.