Two weeks after securing his party's nomination, Mississippi state Sen. Alan Nunnelee released a new campaign survey that showed him with an 8 point lead over Rep. Travis Childers (D) in a race that has long been at the top of GOP target lists this cycle.The new poll, which was conducted for Nunnelee by the Tarrance Group, showed Nunnelee with 50 percent, the Congressman at 42 percent and 8 percent undecided. The survey of 303 likely voters was conducted June 8 and 9 and had a 5.6 point margin of error.The poll also showed Nunnelee with a 44 percent to 8 percent favorable/unfavorable rating. On that question, Childers checked in with a 49 percent to 30 percent rating.Nunnelee said in release Tuesday that the results of the poll offer proof that voters in the 1st district are frustrated and want a Congressman who will "represent their conservative Mississippi values and hold Obama and Nancy Pelosi accountable."Brad Morris, a senior advisor to Childers, said Nunnelee's "talking about questionable political polls when people want to hear about jobs.""Instead of talking about suspicious polls, Alan Nunnelee should explain why he wants to privatize Social Security and why he keeps raising our taxes after 15 years in the legislature," Morris said
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.