Establishment GOP hails Cochran, unusual alliance


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Sen. Thad Cochran's Republican supporters are celebrating the six-term senator's primary runoff victory over tea party rival Chris McDaniel.

They're particularly happy that Cochran was successful in getting votes from Democrats, particularly black voters. And they say his win will help Republicans win a Senate majority in the fall without the threat of adding another boat-rocking senator like tea party hero Ted Cruz of Texas.

As of late Wednesday, McDaniel still hadn't conceded, saying he would review returns for potential "irregularities" and decide later whether to challenge the outcome.

He criticized Cochran's outreach, but Republicans in Washington praised Cochran's tactics.

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who won his own primary earlier this month, called Cochran's ability to get black votes "the best news I've heard in a long time."

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