GOP Insurgent Threatens Mississippi’s Sen. Cochran in Primary

GOP Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi is facing a spirited challenge from the tea party wing of the party as he seeks a seventh term, with his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, citing the senator’s voting record as his reason for running.

“I am running primarily because of [Cochran’s] inability to follow constitutional constraints — on spending, on sovereignty, and other major issues,” McDaniel told Newsmax, citing the senator’s vote last year to re-open the government with a resolution that included funding Obamacare.

Although more Republican senators supported the measure than opposed it, McDaniel said that he “would have stood with” GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania “who voted no, and fought that fight.”