In Miss. race, a bitter GOP battle floods airwaves

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's Senate primary has morphed from a fight between the tea party and establishment Republicans into an ad war driven by a clandestine image of a candidate's ailing wife that appeared in an online video.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is opposing incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran, is trying to deliver a rare tea party victory this midterm election. The primary is Tuesday.

Last week, Cochran's campaign launched an ad that shows a McDaniel supporter charged in a criminal case over a photo of 72-year-old Rose Cochran. The senator's wife lives in a nursing home and has dementia.

Four men face felony charges in what police describe as a conspiracy to illegally photograph a vulnerable adult.

McDaniel is running an ad accusing Cochran of leveling outrageous attacks against him.

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