POLITICS

Travis Childers Loses Senate Race To Thad Cochran

Former Rep. Travis Childers (D-Miss.) was defeated by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) on Tuesday.

The race between Childers and Cochran was a relatively uneventful one compared to Cochran's primary against state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R). That primary went to a runoff, which Cochran won by dramatically boosting turnout in Democratic-leaning counties and among African-American voters. McDaniel attempted to challenge the results of the runoff, claiming that the Cochran's win was fraudulently accomplished with the help of Democratic voters.

Cochran's runoff effort was funded by a super PAC run by Henry Barbour, a lobbyist and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) nephew.

A leader of the Mississippi tea party committed suicide after he and two others were arrested for allegedly helping a blogger take pictures of Cochran's bedridden wife, Rose Cochran, in the Alzheimer's unit of a nursing home earlier this year. Though the photos were used in an online video against Cochran during the Republican primary, McDaniel's campaign denied having any connection to the blogger.

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