Thad Cochran to Seek Reelection

Six-term incumbent likely to face stiff opposition in primary.

Thad Cochran (R-MS) listens during a meeting of the Senate Appropriations Committee on June 9, 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                
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Dec. 6, 2013, 6:30 a.m.

Six-term Sen. Thad Co­chran of Mis­sis­sippi has de­cided to forgo re­tire­ment and seek reelec­tion in 2014, a GOP source with know­ledge of Co­chran’s de­cision told Na­tion­al Journ­al

Co­chran, an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure in Mis­sis­sippi polit­ics known for bring­ing fed­er­al dol­lars to the state, already faces a primary chal­lenge from tea-party state Sen. Chris McDaniel. McDaniel has the sup­port of sev­er­al con­ser­vat­ive out­side groups crit­ic­al of Co­chran’s tend­ency to com­prom­ise in the Sen­ate. 

Co­chran, first elec­ted to the House in 1972, has been in the Sen­ate since he won elec­tion in 1978. He’s already raised more than $800,000 for his reelec­tion cam­paign and has the back­ing of much of his state’s Re­pub­lic­an es­tab­lish­ment. 

Six-term in­cum­bent Sen. Thad Co­chran of Mis­sis­sippi has de­cided to forgo re­tire­ment and seek reelec­tion in 2014, a GOP source with know­ledge of Co­chran’s de­cision told Na­tion­al Journ­al.  Co­chran, an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure in Mis­sis­sippi polit­ics known for bring­ing fed­er­al dol­lars to the state, already faces a primary chal­lenge from tea party state Sen. Chris McDaniel. McDaniel has the sup­port of sev­er­al con­ser­vat­ive out­side groups crit­ic­al of Co­chran’s tend­ency to com­prom­ise in the Sen­ate.  Co­chran, first elec­ted to the House in 1972, has been in the Sen­ate since he won elec­tion in 1978. He’s already raised more than $800,000 for his reelec­tion cam­paign and has the back­ing of much of his state’s Re­pub­lic­an es­tab­lish­ment. Six-term in­cum­bent Sen. Thad Co­chran of Mis­sis­sippi has de­cided to forgo re­tire­ment and seek reelec­tion in 2014, a GOP source with know­ledge of Co­chran’s de­cision told Na­tion­al Journ­al. Co­chran, an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure in Mis­sis­sippi polit­ics known for bring­ing fed­er­al dol­lars to the state, already faces a primary chal­lenge from tea party state Sen. Chris McDaniel. McDaniel has the sup­port of sev­er­al con­ser­vat­ive out­side groups crit­ic­al of Co­chran’s tend­ency to com­prom­ise in the Sen­ate. Co­chran, first elec­ted to the House in 1972, has been in the Sen­ate since he won elec­tion in 1978. He’s already raised more than $800,000 for his reelec­tion cam­paign and has the back­ing of much of his state’s Re­pub­lic­an es­tab­lish­ment.
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