PHILADELPHIA, MISS. — For a half-hour or so, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran will be in the same place and talk to the same crowd as Democratic rival Travis Childers. And it might just be the only time during this year’s campaign that’ll happen.
Such is the draw of the Neshoba County Fair, an annual social gathering and political confab in the red clay hills of Mississippi. While interest groups could spend millions on television ads and sophisticated voter-outreach efforts before Election Day, the fair is proudly old-fashioned and decidedly low-tech.