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Sen. Thad Cochran (left) of Mississippi appears to be the only longtime Republican officeholder to face a tough challenge in his primary battle for re-election this year. State Sen. Chris McDaniel also has status among voters by having a high political post. (Associated Press)
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Sen. Thad Cochran (left) of Mississippi appears to be the only longtime Republican officeholder to face a tough challenge in his primary battle for re-election this year. State Sen. Chris McDaniel also has status among voters by having a high political post. (Associated Press)

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