To the relief of a number of defense contractors, Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) clung to his Senate seat in a primary runoff election. It was not an unexpected struggle. To appeal to Democrats, who could cross party lines to vote, the six-term senator highlighted his prowess at delivering federal dollars to the state. The pitch was no idle boast. Elected to the Senate in 1978, Cochran leads Republicans on the Senate defense appropriations committee that controls the Pentagon’s purse strings. ...


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