The primary election is on Tuesday, June 3rd, and it has been a hard-hitting election season. That's been particularly true for the Republican Senate race.
Earl White, a resident, says, “I would rather see Thad win because I think he has a better chance over any other candidate.” That's an opinion many likely voters tell News 25. They think Thad Cochran’s 40 years in Senate brings a lot to the table, but many other voters think it’s time for the senior senator to go. Lucci Chambless, another resident, says, “Thad Cochran has been in office for a long time and has done a lot of good for the state, but again, he’s been in office for a long time, and Chris McDaniel seems like he is the fresh face Mississippi needs.”
According to a poll released Friday by Harper Polling, Thad Cochran leads McDaniel by five points. For most voters News 25 spoke with, it's a difference of opinion about what the candidates represent. Many who oppose Cochran say he's a Washington insider who's out of touch with Mississippi values. Chambless also says, “Well I like that he’s new. I like that so far, he’s not a career politician.” Many who oppose McDaniel say they don't like his Tea Party affiliation.
White closes, “McDaniel worries me a little bit just from what I hear and read in the press, and some of the Tea Party candidates that have already been elected are a little too extreme for my taste.” The final outcome for this primary battle will be decided next Tuesday. It will be the end of a very close and very heated race.