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Cochran-McDaniel Runoff Vote Might Come Down To DeSoto Co.

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HERNANDO, Miss. (FOX13) - Four days from the June 24 Republican primary runoff in Mississippi incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's camp visited DeSoto County Friday to try to get the word out.

In the June 3 primary Sen. Cochran (R-Miss.) lost in a landslide in DeSoto County to Tea Party-backed State Sen. Chris McDaniel.

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"This election is going to be so close DeSoto County could be the deciding factor in how this election goes," said Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, Cochran's campaign chair for DeSoto County.

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The results in the June 3 primary in DeSoto County left Sen. Cochran supporters stunned. Almost 63 percent of the vote went to State Sen. McDaniel.

"It's a dangerous thing to think your candidate is going to win and to not go vote," Mayor Johnson said. "When the numbers came in people were shocked and the Cochran voters who stayed home are going to vote Tuesday."

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Mayor Johnson said that the Cochran campaign faces a unique problem in DeSoto County because so many of the county's residents are newcomers.

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"DeSoto County is the fastest growing county in the State and many people may not know all the things that Sen. Cochran has done for this city -- all the tax dollars he has brought to this County," Hernando's mayor said.

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There are 94,000 registered voters in DeSoto County. Only about 15 percent voted in the June 3 primary. Cochran Supporters are going door to door and also calling to ask for support in a county that could decide it all, Mayor Johnson said.

"I think a lot of people just assumed that because of all the good work that Sen. Cochran has done and because of his longevity he would just breeze right back into office," the mayor said. "Therefore people stayed at home and didn't vote.":

As for the importance of DeSoto County, State Sen. McDaniel is back in Hernando campaigning on the Square Saturday afternoon from 3-4 p.m.
 
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