McDaniel win here not enough

Frank Anderson signs in for Voting Clerk Shirley Nelson (from left) Returning Officer Kathy Anderson and Clerk Margaret Clark at the Hankins/Willis Community Center in Gore Springs on Tuesday.

Staff Reports

   If Grenadians had decided the race, challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel would have barely unseated incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in Tuesday’s runoff election.
   As it stands, however, Cochran won the Republican nomination for a seventh term in the senate, edging out McDaniel in a very close runoff for the Republican primary.
   According to totals from the office of Circuit Clerk Linda Barnette, with 2,524 total votes cast, McDaniel received 16 more votes.
   Voters in Elliott, Futheyville, Geeslin Corner, Gore Springs, Holcomb, Pleasant Grove and Sweethome chose McDaniel.
   “Everything went off without a hitch. There were no problems with voter ID. Everybody seemed to have a positive experience,” said Barnette.  
   Statewide, Cochran got 50.8 percent of the vote.
   Cochran will now face Democrat Travis Childers, a former Congressman from Booneville, in the November general election. 

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