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Mainstream Republican Defeats Mississippi Tea Party-backed Candidate

A longtime Republican U.S. Senator has narrowly beaten his Tea Party opponent in a runoff election ahead of the Senate race later this year, two weeks after a top Republican leader lost his seat to a more conservative Tea Party candidate and ignited fears of an ultra-conservative takeover of the party.   Senator Thad Cochran of the southern state of Mississippi declared victory over state legislator Chris McDaniel in Tuesday's runoff. McDaniel collected more votes in the original...

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