Many people think that Senator Cochran is unbeatable. Some have said that Chris McDaniel is actually announcing the beginning of the end of his political career. However, a recent Human Events and Gravis Marketing poll suggest this may be a tight race.
Mississippi Senate election
The 2014 Senate election in Mississippi is only just beginning and it already promises to be an interesting race. The incumbent, Senator Cochran, is though to be unbeatable (primarily based on his occupation of the office since 1978). However, the latest Gravis poll shows these candidates are entering the race on even footing. Cochran and McDaniel each have support from 40% of the respondents with only 20% claiming they are unsure which candidate they would vote for. At this point, one of the biggest determining factors of the race may be Tea Party support.
Tea Party candidate
It's difficult to determine which candidate will carry the support of the Tea Party in this election. On the one hand, Senator Cochran does have the incumbent advantage and he has had the support of the Tea Party in the past. On the other hand, McDaniel has been a staunch supporter of the Tea Party for some time and the Tea Party tends to be anti-establishment. Based on this new Gravis poll, 35% of respondents say they would support a Tea Party candidate. Additionally, 45% of the poll respondents view Senator Cochran as less conservative than when he was elected. This suggests that McDaniel will have an advantage with voters that support the Tea Party. While Cochran has support from 55% of the Democrats in this survey, this could negatively impact his bid to be the Tea Party candidate.
These results suggest that Senator Cochran is in a thigh spot. With only 39% of respondents approving of his job performance and 40% undecided, this race may hinge on McDaniel's ability to sway these voters. The race is virtually tied at this point, but the Tea Party could change that.
Take a look at the complete results from the Gravis poll for more detailed statistics. Other topics covered in this poll include opinions regarding background checks, restricting violence in video games, and drug testing for welfare recipients. This survey suggests that Mississippi voters are looking for a candidate that will support expanded background checks for gun purchases, restricting violence in video games, and drug testing for welfare recipients.
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