Cochran supporters say that is hurting him among two crucial voting blocs: undecideds and mainstream Republicans open to a change.
“I think it’s clear that Sen. Cochran is going to prevail, and this certainly is going to be in a lot of people’s minds that were considering — maybe were undecided,” Rep. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., told the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. “You have to say it would hurt a challenger when this comes out. “
Harper, like virtually the entirety of the Magnolia State Republican establishment, is supporting Cochran.
Heading into the final two weeks of the primary, Cochran supporters were concerned. They maintained optimism that the six-term senator would win but conceded privately that the race with McDaniel was tightening.
But the dynamic of the campaign, previously focused on whether Cochran would become the first GOP incumbent of the 2014 cycle to be ousted by a Tea Party challenge, was completely upended after news of the scandal broke Saturday morning.