Polls close across the state in hard-fought Senate battlePublished 7:24pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
ASSOCIATED PRESS Writer
JACKSON — The polls have closed in Mississippi in a brutal, expensive Republican primary runoff that will decide whether Sen. Thad Cochran will be able to seek a seventh term in November.
Challenger Chris McDaniel is trying to become the latest tea party-backed insurgent to knock off an influential establishment Republican.
The race is expected to be close.
McDaniel led Cochran by about 1,400 votes in a June 3 primary but failed to win the majority required to avoid a runoff.
The 41-year-old state senator has argued that Cochran, a 42-year veteran of Congress, is out of touch and represents a free-spending philosophy the nation can no longer afford. Cochran says he wants to continue to steer federal money to Mississippi.