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COCHRAN-MCDANIEL: Too close to call

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's bitter Republican Senate primary was too close to call on election night, with six-term incumbent Thad Cochran locked in a close race with tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

With votes still being counted Tuesday night, Cochran and McDaniel were exchanging the lead. Thomas Carey, a third Republican who ran a low-budget campaign, also was on the ballot.

It was unclear whether Cochran and McDaniel would head to a June 24 runoff. A candidate must have 50 percent plus one vote to win, and nobody appeared to break that barrier before midnight.

It was not immediately clear how many absentee and affidavit ballots remain to be counted.

This is one of the closest statewide elections in 15 years and the toughest for Cochran in his four-decade career.

The latest results are here.

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