WASHINGTON, D.C.–Regaining control of the U.S. Senate is a top priority for Republicans and Mississippi’s race will play a part in whether or not that happens. A new poll released Monday had incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran ahead of Democrat challenger Travis Childers by 22 points. Nevertheless, Mississippi’s junior Senator, Roger Wicker, believes it could be closer, especially where it concerns Republicans regaining control of the Senate.
The poll is from the CBS News/New York Times Upshot/YouGov Battleground Tracker.
The poll had Cochran at 50 percent and Childers at 28 percent, polling voters who were likely to go to the polls Nov. 4. It also had Cochran well ahead with likely voters when asked who would win if the election were held today.
“It will determine really whether Harry Reid gets to lock down the Senate for another two years,” said Sen. Roger Wicker (R), who said there are ten toss-up races that could help decide whether Republicans or Democrats get the majority.
“It’s a very important day for those of us who would like to change the direction of the Congress.”
Other recent polls have had the race closer. Wicker addressed those polls and the election on the Gallo Show Monday in a phone interview from Tupelo.
“We may be up very late next Tuesday night.”
Wicker said he believes that anyone who is planning on being out of town next week will still “take care of business”.
“I’m gonna vote absentee ballot,” he said. “There was a primary back in June where a lot of folks decided they didn’t need to vote.”
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