A crowd gathered in Dumont Plaza in downtown Meridian the day before voters head to the polls. Those in attendance were on hand to show their support for six term U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. As the third most senior senator, and the second most senior Republican member of the chamber, Cochran's fellow member of Congress, Representative Gregg Harper along with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves all joined the candidate in a last ditch effort to reach voters.
"It's important to our economic future," says Governor Bryant. "It's important to our education, and our military. As I look at Thad Cochran over the years, I can tell you thousands of jobs that would not exist in Mississippi, if Thad were not there to help."
"If the Republicans are going to take control of the senate, we have the opportunity to have control of the Appropriations Committee," says Congressman Gregg Harper. " What that means in the senate, and what that means for our state for the future, is so important."
Cochran is facing two term state senator Chris McDaniel. In recent days polls reveal that the race is almost too close to project. Stressing that voter turnout will make the difference, Cochran and his supporters are expressing some concern about some of the negative elements that have surfaced during the campaign.
"That's one of the reasons that I feel more comfortable talking about the issues like the economy and national security, which are the two things that I mention most in my remarks because I think that's so important to our future," says Senator Cochran.
"It concerns me because we've got five more months ahead where there will be a difficult general election,"says Governor Bryant. "The Democratic Party fully intends to run hard to try to see if they can take this seat. This may be the one seat that sways whether or not Republicans will take the United States Senate. So, that's what concerns me. After this is over with, the Republican Party has got to come together, and make sure that we are supporting Thad Cochran now and in November."
Senator Thad Cochran is 76-years-old. He's seeking a 7th term in the U.S. Senate. He previously chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee from 2005 to 2007.