AP Analysis: Big Question for Mississippi in 2014 – What Will Thad Do

What will Thad do? It’s the biggest question in Mississippi politics, heading into the 2014 federal elections.

The state’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Thad Cochran, will turn 76 in December. He has served since January 1979 and is his party’s ranking member on the Agriculture Committee. His seat is up for election next year, but he pointedly has not said whether he’ll seek another six-year term.

“Sen. Cochran hasn’t made a decision about his plans, but continues to work on priorities like passing a new Farm Bill and working on other issues important to Mississippi,” the spokesman for his Senate office, Chris Gallegos, said in response to a recent question from The Associated Press.

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