Watch the Daily Journal online beginning at 7 p.m. today for up-to-the-minute GOP U.S. Senate coverage as Mississippians choose between Thad Cochran seeking a seventh term and Chris McDaniel, the tea party giving the longtime incumbent the fight of his political life.
Djournal.com election night coverage will include the county-by-county reporting of election returns of all 82 Mississippi counties and Daily Journal government and politics reporter Robbie Ward hosting a live Google Hangout broadcast with political analysts, campaign supporters and veteran Magnolia state journalists.
The election night broadcast will include:
- Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association.
- Syndicated columnist and former state Rep. Bill Crawford.
- Y’all Politics blogger Frank Corder.
- Brad Morris, Mississippi Democratic consultant and former senior adviser to former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers.
- Bobby Harrison, Daily Journal Jackson bureau reporter.
- Lloyd Gray, Daily Journal executive editor.
- Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabado’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.
- John Hudak, Brookings Institution expert on political campaigns and author of “Presidential Pork,” a book on White House influence in earmarks, grants, contracts and other discretionary federal spending.
- Live broadcasts Cochran supporters from the Jackson campaign party.
- McDaniel supporters from the Hattiesburg campaign party.
- Live broadcast of victory and concession speeches
McDaniel, 41, a tea party favorite, received 1,418 more votes in the June 3 primary than Cochran, 76, a ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Neither candidate received more than 50 percent of votes cast in the primary election that included a third candidate who received 1.5 percent.
The winner will face Democrat Travis Childers, a former First Congressional District representative.
The program will broadcast as a Google Hangout. It begins at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the evening. While anyone can view the program, people with a Google+ account can ask the host, analysts and other guests questions. Twitter users also can ask questions using the hashtag #DJSen.