One of the most contentious Republican Senate primaries of the 2014 cycle was too close to call late Tuesday night and the Mississippi race could be extended another three weeks.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Chris McDaniel led 49.6 percent to 48.8 percent for six-term Sen. Thad Cochran, according to The Associated Press.
If no one takes more than 50 percent of the vote, both will advance to a June 24 runoff.
In the purest example this year of the split within the GOP, Mississippi Republicans chose between the soft-spoken, influential incumbent and a 41-year-old upstart who aligned himself with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
A runoff, which generally features a lower turnout than a primary, could favor McDaniel, whose base was more engaged and motivated to vote. It would undoubtedly mean another few weeks of advertising in a state already slammed by campaign and outside-group ads.
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