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Senate Race Draws to a Close; Long Count Awaits

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Polls close soon as Mississippi voters choose a Republican U.S. Senate nominee in a brutal, expensive race that has brought national attention to the state.

Sen. Thad Cochran's supporters say he deserves a seventh term based on all that he's done for Mississippi as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. And some of them say tea party challenger Chris McDaniel makes them nervous.

But McDaniel's uncompromising approach is exactly what appeals to many of his supporters, who say the 76-year-old Cochran has been in Washington too long.

McDaniel is a 41-year-old state senator who led the June 3 primary but didn't win a majority to avoid Tuesday's runoff.

The nominee will face Democrat Travis Childers and Shawn O'Hara of the Reform Party in November.

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