Tuesday GOP Primaries – Iowa & Mississippi in Spotlight …Update: McDaniel Wins, Ernst Wins in Iowa
Republican voters will decide their candidates in seven states tonight. Iowa and Mississippi are in the spotlight.
Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be fighting for political survival on Tuesday in a Republican primary contest that represents the conservative Tea Party’s best chance to knock off a sitting senator this year.
The showdown between Cochran, who is seeking his seventh Senate term, and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel highlights a busy day of voting across the country as eight states hold primaries to select nominees for the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
The Mississippi contest gives Tea Party activists, who have lost a series of high-profile primaries this year to Republicans backed by the party’s establishment, another chance to show they still have the political clout to upset an incumbent…
…The primary outcome in Mississippi is unlikely to affect control of the U.S. Senate in November, when Republicans need to gain six seats for a majority. Either Cochran or McDaniel will be a heavy favorite against Democratic former Representative Travis Childers in deeply conservative Mississippi.
The other states voting on Tuesday are Iowa, Alabama, California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.
The Clarion Ledger has live results from Mississippi.