Mississippi's Senate Candidates Appear at NCF

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Neshoba County, Miss.
Republican Sen. Thad Cochran says he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have."

Cochran and his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, spoke to thousands of people Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair.

It's one of the largest political gatherings in Mississippi and possibly the only time they'll appear in the same place before the Nov. 4 election. Childers had previously challenged Cochran to a debate, but so far he hasn't responded.

A half-dozen protesters sat silently in the audience, their mouths covered by wide red tape.

They held signs with the slogan "Betrayed" to show their unhappiness with Cochran, who beat state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who was backed by tea party members, in a GOP primary runoff with the help of black people who traditionally vote for Democrats.