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BY JOSH PRESLEY
The dust has settled in the hotly contested race for the stateâ€™s Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate and, in the end, Mississippi stuck with the incumbent.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) received 191,508 votes statewide to Tea Party-backed state Sen. Chris McDanielâ€™s (R-Ellisville) 184,815, according to politico.com. The two squared off in the Mississippi primary election on June 4, but neither candidate received the 51 percent of the vote needed to secure the nomination. This time, Cochran garnered 50.9 percent of the votes to McDanielâ€™s 49.1 percent.
The runoff election brought out slightly more voters in Clay County, although the results were very similar to the primary. Almost 14 percent of Clay County voters turned out for the runoff, compared to the 12 percent voter participation rate for the primary, according to the Circuit Clerkâ€™s Election Summary Report.
Cochran again captured almost twice as many Clay County votes as McDaniel, with 1,386 votes compared to 1,084 for the primary, good for 64.41 percent of the vote, according to the election summary. McDaniel received 766 Clay County votes in the runoff compared to 616 for the primary, good for 35.59 percent.
According to the Republican Election Commissionâ€™s election recap report, the East-West Point precinct had the highest turnout in the county, with 530 citizens casting their ballots at that precinct.
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