Mississippi's GOP Sen. Cochran faces toughest primary challenge of his career

  • by: EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 20, 2014 - 2:20 AM

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Republican Thad Cochran is facing his toughest primary challenge in nearly 36 years in the Senate, from a tea party favorite who casts him as an out-of-touch Washington insider. But Cochran is meeting state lawmaker Chris McDaniel's barbs with a potent weapon: the Barbour family's political machine.

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