Cochran thanks Coast for support; McDaniel campaigns in Jackson, Madison

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran talked about education with Coast school leaders, then stopped at the Pass Christian Harbor expansion project to ask supporters to vote for him one more time.

He also received an endorsement from former U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, who switched to the Republican Party earlier this year. Taylor said Cochran was someone Coast leaders could count on regardless of party.

“Today, I’m down here to thank you for being leaders in the recovery of one of the most important parts of our state,” Cochran said. The Coast is certainly one of the important parts of the state for Cochran’s re-election effort. He outpolled state Sen. Chris McDaniel in two of the Coast counties and probably needs to win the third, Jackson County, Tuesday to win the runoff.

McDaniel was campaigning in the Jackson area, where he got into a brief shouting match with a retired teacher who said he was a Democrat, the Washington Post reported. “Dissent is a good thing in this country but you don’t do it in that manner,” McDaniel said to the Wall Street Journal. That newspaper added McDaniel “found a way to turn the confrontation into a dig” at Cochran by saying the teacher “said more about his positions than Thad Cochran has said in his entire campaign.” Later in the afternoon, McDaniel held a rally in Madison.