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Cochran, McDaniel Stump For Votes In Tight Senate Race

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Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel spent the last day on the campaign attacking someone whose name won't be on the ballot Tuesday, President Barack Obama.

"President Obama has taken us down some wrong paths. But starting tomorrow, we can get America back on the right path," Cochran said as he spoke to a large crowd at a campaign rally at the state ag museum in Jackson.

Meanwhile, McDaniel told a Desoto county rally "President Obama is the worst president in this country's history."

With the latest poll showing McDaniel gaining ground on Cochran, there's a sign that supporters of the veteran 76 year-old senator are very
worried he could lose the primary battle to the much younger state senator.

A pro-Cochran campaign advertisement in Jackson newspapers aimed at African Americans ask Democrats to cross over and vote in the Republican primary for senator Cochran.

"I hope people won't be fooled by that nonsense," said state Democratic Party chair Rickey Cole. "Democrats don’t have a dog in that hunt and every Democrat in Mississippi should vote in the Democratic primary." 

 State Republican party head Joe Nosef responded: “I want us to have a good turnout, I want Republicans voting in the Republican primary and people that are conservative and that are going to vote Republican in the general election."

The bottom of the ad reads: paid for by "All citizens for Mississippi." It touts Cochran’s work steering millions in funds to the state’s historically black colleges and universities and Cochran’s vote to fund the SNAP program, also known as food stamps.

We’ve been unable to find out who's behind the organization that bought the ad.

 Today on the campaign trail, we asked Senator Cochran about the last minute push to get Democrats to cast a ballot for him.

"My position is that Mississippians should turn out and vote and vote for whoever they want to vote for. I’m hopeful I’ll have a majority of the vote and we'll go back to Washington and serve another term in the United States Senate," Cochran said. 

The McDaniel campaign blasted the ad.

"The Cochran campaign is desperately attempting to recruit liberal democrats and hold onto power, and the difference between the two candidates could not be more clear,” said spokesman Noel Fritsch.

The Cochran camp says it had no involvement with the ad and doesn’t know who’s behind it.

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