‘TEA PARTY VICTIM’
Could the 2014 midterms be a repeat of 2010, when the tea party asserted itself? Well, maybe. Sen. Thad Cochran is in “serious danger of losing the Republican primary” in Mississippi, trumpets a new Public Policy Polling survey of GOP primary voters in the state, revealing that 55 percent of them want a more conservative alternative to Mr. Cochran.
He still leads challenger and tea party favorite Chris McDaniel — a state senator who cites Ronald Reagan, Barry Goldwater and Thomas Jefferson among his heroes — by 44 percent to 38 percent. The pollster attributes the edge to higher name recognition, but also labels Mr. Cochran as the next “tea party victim.” Among very conservative voters, he garners 34 percent of the vote to Mr. McDaniel’s 51 percent. “Thad Cochran’s in pretty serious danger of
losing the primary next year,” says Dean