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June 4, 2014

Tipping Point in Mississippi

An ugly race drones on.

There’s an embittered battle over the fate of the Republican Party in the Hospitality State. Thad Cochran served as one of Mississippi’s senators since 1978 and faces a strong challenge from Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel. During the primary, the candidates both earned a handful of votes short of the 50% needed to prevent a runoff. Now, candidates will churn along the campaign trail for a few more weeks until voters decide whether they want to keep an established politician adept at bringing home the bacon or to have the upstart run in November. It’s at a tipping point. As Rich Lowry writes for National Review, “The bottom line is that it is a devastating rebuke if you’ve been a senator from a state for 40 years and can’t manage to get to 50 percent in a primary.” More…

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