Ron Paul Backs Tea Party Challenger In Miss. Senate Race

Former Texas Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul is backing the tea party challenger in Mississippi’s contentious GOP U.S. Senate runoff.

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WASHINGTON (June 9, 2014) Former Texas Congressman and three-time presidential candidate Ron Paul added his name Monday to the list of tea party supporters backing Chris McDaniel's effort to deny longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi a seventh term.

McDaniel and Cochran were heading toward a June 24 runoff that illustrates the split within the GOP between its anti-establishment, tea party-flavored wing and its more staid establishment base after neither candidate captured the required 50 percent of the vote in last week's primary.

Tea party and anti-tax groups have rushed to McDaniel's side in an effort to block Cochran's reelection.

FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth and the Tea Party Express have sent cash and staff to Mississippi to help McDaniel.

The winner of the runoff faces former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Democrat.

"Chris McDaniel has been a fighter in the Mississippi Senate for smaller government and more personal liberties," Paul said in a statement released through the McDaniel campaign.

Paul's son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has not backed a candidate in Mississippi.

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