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Cochran Wins and the Past Loses in Mississippi

Thad Cochran's victory won't alter the sluggish racial dynamics of the Republican Party, but it is progress nonetheless.
A victory in more ways than one.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran made history yesterday, accomplishing what some had thought impossible, even unthinkable, for a Mississippi Republican: In a state where 37 percent of the population is black, Cochran actually won a smattering of black votes -- enough to eke out a narrow upset in his primary runoff against state Senator Chris McDaniel.

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