Poll: Tea Party’s Chris McDaniel Neck-and-Neck with 36-Year Incumbent Thad Cochran

A new poll from the Tea Party Express shows that Tea Party primary challenger and state Sen. Chris McDaniel is locked in a tight race with 36-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) two months from the election.

A poll of 400 likely primary voters conducted by NSON Opinion Strategy found that when asked if they would support McDaniel or Cochran in the primary, 37 percent said McDaniel, whereas 45 percent said Cochran.

After being told that the Tea Party Express and other Tea Party groups back McDaniel, when asked which candidate they would support, 42 percent said they would vote for McDaniel, 41 percent for Cochran, creating a statistical tie.

Cross tab polling data provided to Breitbart News also shows that 35 percent of likely GOP primary voters have a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” opinion of McDaniel. The data also shows that 29 percent have an either “somewhat unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” opinion of McDaniel. Another 25 percent have “never heard” of McDaniel, and 29 percent have “no opinion.”