Roll Call on the Road -- MS

Thad Cochran Runs on Incumbency, Appropriations in GOP Primary

Cochran greets a supporter at Windy City Grille in Hernando. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

OXFORD, Miss. — Construction on Phase II of the grand Thad Cochran Research Center here on the Ole Miss campus is expected to be completed later this year, around the time the senator hopes to be re-elected to a seventh term.  

Cochran's help securing crucial federal funding for the pharmacy school’s natural products research facility is one of numerous examples of the Senate appropriator’s widely regarded ability to steer money toward his state, which has the lowest median household income in the country.  

In Mississippi, Two Unlikely Comeback Bids to Congress

Taylor speaks to Greta Dees during a meeting with voters at the Walthall Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Just more than halfway into his 12-minute stump speech, former Rep. Gene Taylor answered the question hanging over his primary challenge to the Republican that defeated him in 2010.  

After representing the area for 21 years as a Democrat, why switch parties?  

The Chris McDaniel Bus Sputters and Rallies

McDaniel speaks with an employee of Truhitt Service Center in Union, Miss. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — The Chris McDaniel campaign bus is sputtering.  

That’s what a reporter was told Thursday as it became clear the Mississippi state senator challenging Republican Sen. Thad Cochran in the primary next week would be a no-show for both of his first two campaign events.