GOP's Cochran seeks support at "Giant Houseparty"

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Associated Press

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 8:02 AM

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — Republican Sen. Thad Cochran says he's asking for the support of Mississippi voters in November "no matter your skin color, or how much money you have."

Cochran and his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, spoke to thousands of people Thursday at the Neshoba County Fair.

It's one of the largest political gatherings in Mississippi and possibly the only time they'll appear in the same place before the Nov. 4 election.

A half-dozen protesters sat silently in the audience, their mouths covered by wide red tape.

They held signs with the slogan "Betrayed" to show their unhappiness with Cochran, who beat a tea party-backed state lawmaker in a GOP primary runoff with the help of black people who traditionally vote for Democrats.

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