Chris McDaniel has opened up a slight leader over veteran incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi race for the Republican Senate nomination, according to two new polls.
McDaniel, a state senator with strong backing from tea party and outside conservative groups, narrowly edged Cochran in the June 3 primary. But because neither got a majority, they’re vying head to head in the June 24 runoff.
A Chism Strategies survey found McDaniel ahead with 50.6 percent to Cochran’s 47.6 percent. A Strategic National survey put McDaniel ahead, 52 to 46 percent.
Both polls were conducted June 5.
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And, the Chism analysis warned, “The race is fluid and the election is more than two weeks away . In this unusual campaign, we don’t know if and when another bombshell will drop and how it would impact voters.”