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Cochran Seeks More DeSoto Co. Votes Before Runoff

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SOUTHHAVEN, Miss. (FOX13) - Eight days before his Republican primary runoff U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) was back in Southaven Monday evening stumping for votes from from DeSoto County voters, who may very well be the kingmakers.

Sen. Cochran is facing Tea Party-backed State Sen. Chris McDaniel in a runoff that will take place June 24. Neither had a majority of the vote, forcing a runoff. The six-time incumbent needs to pick up a lot more votes in the county if he wants to win next week.

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"You can count on my continued support! I have given you my word!," he said in front of volunteers.
Volunteers made t-shirts listing what Cochran has brought home to the region, from soccer fields to sewage treatment plants. He says if re-elected, he'll keep the federal help coming. He also took a swing at his Tea Party challenger.

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"He's an extremist and I think you have to be careful of people who think they have the right answer solely unto themselves for all the major problems in America," Sen. Cochran said.

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State Sen. McDaniel edged Sen. Cochran by nearly 1,400 votes in the June 3 GOP U.S. Senate primary, but he didn't break the 50-percent mark needed to avoid a runoff.
 
The McDaniel campaign has been focused on DeSoto County and the candidate met with voters in Olive Branch days after the primary.

"We are going across the state talking to our friends but also to convince folks that it is time for a change," McDaniel said.

State Sen. McDaniel won DeSoto County in a landslide taking 63-percent of the votes. But U.S. Sen. Cochran's supporters are looking to to close that gap in the runoff.

"If we get our people to the polls we turn DeSoto County around," said DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Milton Kuykendall. "If we don't get our people to the polls we won't."
 
"We're going to work hard to prove that the people have vested their trust in the right leadership for our country and I'm constantly really gratified by the outpouring of support for my re-election to the United States Senate," Sen. Cochran said.

Outside money has been flowing into this race. National Tea Party groups have spent millions supporting McDaniel and Sen. Cochran has received help from business groups.

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