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Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, seeking a seventh six-year term, faces a runoff June 24 against a Tea Party-backed rival, whom he won't debate. (Associated Press)

Ad faults Thad Cochran for avoiding Chris McDaniel debate

A tea party-aligned super PAC plans to blast out a picture Friday of Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, on the side of a milk carton, as part of its ongoing campaign to get the veteran lawmaker to debate his challenger, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, before their showdown in a runoff election June 24. Published June 12, 2014

House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. speaks at the Center for New Security's Eight Annual National Security Conference in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Ryan: Fiscal reform key to U.S. national security

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday that the United States must get its fiscal house in order if it hopes to rebuild its military and restore the nation's credibility on the world stage, in a speech that is sure to stoke speculation that the Wisconsin Republican is looking to beef up his foreign policy credentials ahead of a likely 2016 White House bid. Published June 11, 2014

Picking sides: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is putting himself on the same page as grass-roots conservatives who fear Common Core education standards are part of an effort to inculcate liberal ways of thinking in students. (Associated Press)

Bobby Jindal hustles away from controversial Common Core as 2016 nears

Looking to bolster his national image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential bid, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is hitching his wagon to the growing movement against the nationwide school standards known as Common Core, which have become a lightning rod for the tea party and other conservative activists. Published June 8, 2014

Chris McDaniel addresses his supporters as his son Cambridge, 7, joins him on the stage at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg, Miss., on election night. With a third candidate on the ballot, neither Mr. Cochran nor Mr. McDaniel managed to get at least 50 percent plus one vote, the threshold to win outright and avoid a June 24 runoff.
(Associated Press)

Grass-roots zeal favors tea party's McDaniel over Cochran in Mississippi runoff

The tea party and its allies took a major step toward getting their first win over a high-profile incumbent in the 2014 primary season after state Sen. Chris McDaniel forced six-term Sen. Thad Cochran into a three-week runoff that political analysts say will boil down to turnout — likely favoring the challenger and his ardent supporters. Published June 4, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran (left), who has served in Congress for over four decades, is facing a challenge from Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel. (associated press photographs)

Cochran, McDaniel in Mississippi nail-biter, run-off likely

Hours after the polls closed, Republican incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and insurgent challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel had yet to capture enough of the vote Tuesday in the Mississippi primary to win the GOP nomination for the Senate seat outright, setting up a June 24 run-off. Published June 3, 2014

"The policies of this administration are bad for the economy," said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. "While this administration has been great for Wall Street, Main Street has never really gotten out of the last recession."

Haley Barbour: Tea party distorting Mississippi senate race

As Republican primary voters in Mississippi go to the polls Tuesday to choose between 42-year incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran and conservative challenger state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the state's former governor is complaining that outside groups and major GOP figures are distorting the race to boost their own profile. Published June 2, 2014

Sen. Thad Cochran, Mississippi Republican, has promised that, if re-elected, he will continue to fight to make sure his state gets its "fair share" of the federal government pie. His primary challenger, tea party-backed state Sen. Chris McDaniel called Mississippi a "welfare state" and pledged to get the federal government off the state's back. (Associated Press)

Sen. Thad Cochran promises pork to Mississippi

Sen. Thad Cochran is closing out the final days of his primary campaign by promising voters that if he's re-elected he will keep doing what he has done for decades: fighting to make sure that Mississippi gets its "fair share" of the federal pie. Published June 1, 2014

Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Friday, May 30, 2014. Midterm election campaigns are in full swing, but several thousand Republicans gathering in Louisiana look toward a bigger prize. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Haley Barbour: Ideological purity is the 'enemy of victory'

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour warned Friday that ideological purity is the "enemy of victory" and that the GOP must broaden the Republican coalition to win elections and to enact conservative policies that will change the direction of the nation. Published May 30, 2014

Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, La., Thursday, May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal blasts Common Core

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made it clear Thursday that he no longer supports the nationwide K-12 school stands known as Common Core, which have become a lightning rod for the GOP base. Published May 29, 2014

Phil Robertson addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans on May 29, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

GOP must find God, 'Duck Dynasty' star warns

Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" television series, warned the GOP that it "can't be right for America if you are wrong with God." Published May 29, 2014

** FILE ** This Feb. 4, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss, center, speaking during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Mississippi mud-slinging of Cochran, McDaniel turns off voters

Henry Barbour, a major player in Mississippi Republican politics, says he never would have stood behind Sen. Thad Cochran's re-election push so quickly if not for the early onslaught by out-of-state tea party groups eager to slay the veteran lawmaker. Published May 29, 2014

With his wife Elaine Chao, left, looking on, Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell addresses his supporters following his victory in the republican primary, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at the Mariott Louisville East in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Sen. McConnell challenges Grimes to 'Lincoln-Douglas' debates

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday challenged his Democratic rival Allison Lundergan Grimes in the high-profile Kentucky Senate race to join him in three "traditional Lincoln-Douglas" style debates, saying it will give voters to get a clear view of their thinking before the airwaves are blanketed with campaign ads. Published May 21, 2014