- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mississippi GOP Chairman Joe Nosef said regardless of who ends up being the party’s nominee in the hotly contested U.S. Senate race there, Republicans will win the general election contest in November.

“Regardless of whether it’s Chris McDaniel or Thad Cochran, I feel very good about [our] chances to keep the seat” and help national Republicans win a majority in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Nosef said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.”

The bitter contest between Mr. Cochran, the incumbent, and the tea party-backed Mr. McDaniel appears to be headed for a runoff later this month. With nearly all precincts reporting, Mr. McDaniel held a slim lead, but both men were below the benchmark 50 percent that’s necessary to avoid the runoff.

Democrats have been eyeing the race as a potential long-shot pick-up should the upstart Mr. McDaniel win, recruiting former Democratic Rep. Travis Childers to run.

Mr. Nosef said the way politics have developed in Mississippi, candidates can be conservatives or Democrats — but not both.

“Travis Childers, when he campaigns [for] the general, is going to try to portray himself as that, but people are going to pretty quickly find out he’s not, and he’s not in line with the voters of Mississippi,” he said.

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