Polls show McDaniel ahead in Mississippi GOP race, but....

McClatchy Washington BureauJune 14, 2014 

Mississippi Primaries Senate

Chris McDaniel addresses his supporters, Tuesday June 3, 2014, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.


New polls say Chris McDaniel has pulled ahead of Sen. Thad Cochran in their battle for the Mississippi Republican Senate nomination.


There are still a lot of soft and undecided voters out there.

The McDaniel campaign is touting new findings by WPA Opinion Research showing the state senator with an 8 percentage point lead.

"It is clear Chris McDaniel is well positioned to win on June 24," says a polling memo from the firm. WPA is known for helping conservative political candidates.

Earlier polls conducted by Chism Strategies and Strategic National showed McDaniel with a smaller lead. He inched out a win over Cochran in the June 3 primary.

The WPA poll, though, shows 10 percent of the electorate remains undecided. McDaniel still has an advantage--43 percent say they definitely support him, compared to 38 percent for Cochran.

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