Cochran making 2014 decision by end of November

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran says he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term in 2014.

The Mississippi Republican has been in the Senate since 1978, after serving six years in the House. He turns 76 in December.

Cochran spokesman Chris Gallegos told The Associated Press on Wednesday that while Cochran plans to make a decision in November, the senator hasn’t specified when he will announce his plans.

One tea party-backed candidate, Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, announced in mid-October that he will run in 2014, regardless of what Cochran does.