In Mississippi Vote, Pork Barrel Politics Is a Hard Sell

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican, has served more than four decades in Congress.

There was a time when it was a good thing for a politician to bring home the bacon, or in the case of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, the shrimp. In today’s divided Republican Party, it can get you in hot water.

That’s where Cochran, 76, finds himself as he faces Tea Party-aligned challenger Chris McDaniel, 41, a state senator who has criticized the six-term incumbent’s federal spending largess, even as many of the dollars flowed back to Mississippi.