Cochran keeps calm amid Miss. Senate race scandal

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A longtime Republican senator from Mississippi is in the fight of his political life.

Tuesday's primary between incumbent Thad Cochran and tea party favorite Chris McDaniel has it all.

Even Cochran's wife — who's in a nursing home — has been drawn into the melee. Criminal charges have been filed against some McDaniel supporters.

Cochran talks about how he's won billions for Mississippi for military bases, agriculture and other services.

It's exactly the sort of appeal from a Washington power-broker that McDaniel and other tea party-styled politicians are aiming to upend in the 2014 midterm elections.

Cochran is their last chance at ousting a GOP incumbent they see as too willing to compromise and too chummy with big-money interests that drive politics.

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