“What we really like is the split in the republican party that McDaniel and Mr. Cochran created,” chairman of the democratic party John Flowers says. “So we really love that, and we’re going to do our best to take advantage of that.”
But officials say the best way to combat a democratic edge is for republicans to come together in this election to support Cochran.
“That’s the great thing about the party primary process,” Chris Young, vice chairman of the executive committee for the republican party, says. “You have these spirited debates and differences of opinion, and you come together as one afterward to move forward to make sure that the seat is maintained in November.”