‘TEA PARTY VIC­TIM’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

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

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