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Wednesday, 6/4

Air date 06/04/14
Segment 1:
 
Mississippians still don’t know who will represent the Republican Party in this year's Senatorial midterm election. The race between longtime incumbent US Senator Thad Cochran and State Senator Chris McDaniel is too close to call, and could possibly lead to a runoff election later this month. Also under scrutiny is the 4th district congressional primary between Representative Steven Palazzo and former Representative Gene Taylor.  Some ballot irregularities are being sorted out today. Joining us to assess the races are Dr. D'Andra Orey of Jackson State University and Dr. Kenneth Townsend of Millsaps College in Jackson.
 
Segment 2:
 
There has been much ado about Mississippi's new voter ID law, which was in effect for the first time during yesterday's elections.  But according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, the law's implementation yesterday went off without a hitch.  We spoke with Hosemann shortly after polls closed last night.
 
Segment 3:
 
With a lead of just a couple thousand votes in this year's Republican Primary, State Senator Chris McDaniel is beating long-time US Senator Thad Cochran 49 percent to 48 percent. But with the race too close to call, both camps are gearing up for a runoff election on June 24th.  Senator Cochran did not appear at his campaign rally last night.  Afterwards, MPB's Jeffrey Hess caught up with Cochran spokesman Austin Barbour, who says the Cochran camp is happy to be still standing after the bitter primary.
 


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