The Senate contest between Cochran and McDaniel in Mississippi drew top billing, a heated race between a 76-year-old pillar of the GOP establishment who has helped funnel millions of dollars to his state and a younger state lawmaker backed by the tea party groups and Sarah Palin. Cochran's supporters advertised in at least one African American newspaper in the race's final days as they appealed to traditionally Democratic voters to extend his career.
Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, an African American Democrat who served for 26 years in the state Legislature, said he was supporting the Republican incumbent. He said the senator has secured federal funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research station in his city, adding, "It is incumbent for me to vote for Thad."A June 24 runoff between the top two finishers would be needed. Jackson Free Press
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