Tea party pins 2014 hope to tight Mississippi Senate race

McClatchy Washington BureauJune 2, 2014 

Senate Mississippi

Former Alaska Governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin introduces U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel at a rally Friday, May 29, 2014 at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss. McDaniel is challenging Republican Sen. Thad Cochran.

GEORGE CLARK — AP

— Amid what could be the tea party’s last hope for victory this spring, Mississippi’s neck-and-neck Republican Senate race Tuesday between incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel, has the potential to irrevocably impact the anti-establishment group, which has caused a rift in the Republican Party.

Yet, as the GOP tries to reclaim a majority in the Senate this November, the retirement of Democratic senators in Iowa and in South Dakota, also holding primaries Tuesday, could be good news for Republicans, who are expected to nominate strong candidates. In the general election, these seats could switch from Democratic to Republican.

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