Sen. Thad Cochran made a comeback in a Republican primary runoff Tuesday, defeating state Sen. Chris McDaniel for the party nomination.
But now has to figure out how to pull Republicans back together as he regroups for the Nov. 4 general election.
Childers faces the task of finding a strategy to run against Cochran, the six-term incumbent who successfully attracted independent and even some Democratic votes in his victory over McDaniel.
One step Childers took the night of the runoff was to challenge Cochran to a series of debates about the issues facing Mississippi, beginning in July.
Childers said Cochran "does not have the confidence of his state, let alone his own party."
"The same people will give us the same results of gridlock, and elected officials will continue fighting each other rather than fighting for Mississippians," said Childers in a statement. "It is time for a change, and I believe I can best represent the future of Mississippi in the United States Senate."
It's early yet for a response from the Cochran camp about potential debates with Childers. Cochran did refuse to debate McDaniel.
Childers and Cochran will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, along with Reform Party candidate, Shawn O'Hara of Hattiesburg.