Cochran Supporters Speak Out on Senate Race

By: Aaron Morrison Email
By: Aaron Morrison Email

Meridian, Miss. In one of the most heated Senate races to date in Mississippi, some citizens say they're beginning to worry just what the outcome will be as polls close Tuesday evening. Sen. Thad Cochran visited Meridian to campaign Monday.

Some Cochran supporters said they feel the race has lost touch with the people and has continuously veered off course.

"You know just stick to the issues. I think it's getting off course which a lot of elections do," said Rush Health Systems VP of Public Relations Donnie Smith. "You know they throw you off course and get into some negative politics, which I don't think Senator Cochran is a fan of that."

Despite serving in the U.S. Senate for well over 30 years, many feel Cochran's seniority as well as experience will give voters the extra push to keep him in Washington.

"Senator Cochran has just been a major asset to our community and this area; we've got to send him back," said Meridian attorney, Rick Barry. "What a lot of people don't understand, if the Republicans take the Senate back, which of course everybody is predicting they are, Senator Cochran is in line to be Chairman of Appropriations for 4 years. Do you know what that means to Mississippi?"

Barry, much like others in attendance at Senator Cochran's campaign appearance Monday, say Mississippians don't realize the assets the state would be losing if McDaniel were to win in the primaries. Some say they how the race will play out as citizens place their vote.

"I am concerned about the outcome tomorrow," said Meridian resident Julie Martin. "I ask that everyone please, please get out and vote. We can talk about being a supporter for Thad, but we have to get out and get the vote."


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