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Sen. Thad Cochran defeats tea party challenger, survives runoff

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Sen. Thad Cochran defeats tea party challenger, survives runoff

Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran survived a GOP runoff against tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel on Tuesday, the Associate Press reported.

The six-term, 76-year-old lawmaker barely won the race which went into overtime earlier this month after neither Cochran nor McDaniel reached 50 percent of the votes.

Photo: Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., survived a runoff Tuesday night against tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

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