The Nightmare Scenario for Republicans in Mississippi
Tomorrow’s Senate primary between Thad Cochran and state senator Chris McDaniel will come down down to the wire.
With all of the recent polling showing the race neck-and-neck, there’s one scenario that isn’t being much considered: If neither McDaniel nor Cochran captures over 50 percent of the vote tomorrow, the race will head to a run-off on June 24. That’s possible because there’s a third candidate, Thomas Carey, who is garnering between 1 and 2 percent of the vote.
If the race is truly a tie, or close to that, with Cochran and McDaniel each pulling in 49 percent of the vote or less and Carey capturing the rest, this nasty race will drag out for three more weeks.
I was with Cochran on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Thursday, and with McDaniel in his hometown of Ellisville on Friday. Read all the latest on what’s happening inside the Cochran camp here, and inside the McDaniel camp here.