Mississippi Senate Race 2014: ABC News' '14 For 14'

Polling is scarce in this race, but just looking at the results from primary night makes it clear it will be a tight one, although incumbents tend to be at a disadvantage in run-offs. Of course, some in the state believe the primary results could serve as a wake-up call to Cochran supporters who sat out the primary. When it comes to the general election, despite Mississippi’s red-state political heritage, some political commentators have said that if McDaniel is victorious, then former Rep. Travis Childers, the Democratic Senate nominee, could have had a better shot at winning the general election. Throughout the primary, the Mississippi Conservatives super PAC pounded McDaniel and recently highlighted some controversial statements he made during his time as a talk radio host, saying McDaniel would “embarrass” the state. It’s something we are likely to see in the general election as well, if McDaniel wins. Mississippi GOP Chairman Joe Nosef says it’s the bruising primary battle, which continues on, that will make the general election more competitive. “Because we’ve had this race, obviously, we are going to have a tougher general election than we would have had because we have had no general election,” Nosef said, adding they are “ready for the challenge” and will focus on telling voters who are “upset after the primary and may sit out the general election or vote for the Democrat, why it does not advance the causes they believe in.”

KEY DATES

June 24, 2014: Run-Off

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