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POLL: Wicker could face tough primary challenge from McDaniel

A Mason-Dixon poll indicates Mississippi's junior U.S. senator could face a stiff challenge from the man who almost beat U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in 2014.

Posted: Dec. 20, 2017 6:57 PM
Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 6:57 PM

(WTVA) - A poll released this week indicates U.S. Senator Roger Wicker could face a tough primary challege if Chris McDaniel decides to run in the 2019 GOP primary.

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The Mason-Dixon poll of 400 regular Republican primary voters shows Wicker with a 49 percent to 33 percent lead over McDaniel.  However, 18 percent of those surveyed are undecided.  The margin of error is plus or minus 5 percent.

McDaniel, a state senator from Jones County, came close to beating U.S. Senator Thad Cochran in the 2014 GOP primary and reportedly says he will decide in January if he will challenge Wicker, of Tupelo.

The poll also looked at how Mississippians view the job performance of President Trump.  For this question, 625 registered Mississippi voters were interviewed by telephone.

According to the results, 51 percent approve of Trump's performance, 43 percent disapprove and 6 percent are not sure.  On this question, the margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent.

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