Cochran wins Miss. runoff, edges tea partyer

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In a remarkable political turnaround, six-term Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi edged out tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel Tuesday night in a bruising, costly Republican runoff that pitted Washington clout against insistence on conservative purity. (AP)

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Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel holds his son, Chamberlain, 2, after he delivered a concession speech in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 24, 2014. U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi narrowly defeated challenger McDaniel on Tuesday in a high-profile runoff election that pitted the Republican Party establishment against the insurgent Tea Party movement. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (UNITED STATES - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
McDaniel holds his son, Chamberlain, after he delivered a concession speech in Hattiesburg
Tea Party candidate Chris McDaniel holds his son, Chamberlain, 2, after he delivered a concession speech in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, June 24, 2014. U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi narrowly defeated challenger McDaniel on Tuesday in a high-profile runoff election that pitted the Republican Party establishment against the insurgent Tea Party movement. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman (UNITED STATES - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran addresses supporters during an election night celebration after defeating Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in a run-off election in Jackson, Mississippi June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Lee Celano
Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran addresses supporters during an election night celebration in Jackson, Mississippi
Republican U.S. Senator Thad Cochran addresses supporters during an election night celebration after defeating Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in a run-off election in Jackson, Mississippi June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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