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The campaign of Mississippi Senate hopeful Chris McDaniel has returned a donation from a controversial neo-Confederate supporter. A McDaniel spokesman declined to elaborate, but told Fox News First that the campaign gave back the $800 contribution from Carl Ford “as soon as we learned about it.” The campaign of embattled Republican incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran has attacked McDaniel for the donation from Ford, a Mississippi secessionist who was part of the defense team representing a Klansman convicted in 1998 of murdering a 1960s civil rights leader during the fight to desegregate the state. The attacks come in the closing days of the bitter primary that concludes Tuesday with a runoff election. A poll from McDaniel backers Citizens United Victory Fund shows the challenger with a 12-point lead over Cochran. The latest Real Clear Politics average of polls has McDaniel up by nearly 6 points.

McDaniel rallies with Santorum - Former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., heads down south today to Madison, Miss. to support Senate hopeful Chris McDaniel.

Football star Farve says Cochran is a big win for Mississippi – The (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger: “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is turning to the first real ‘celebrity’ to endorse incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. Former Southern Miss and Green Bay Packer star quarterback Brett Favre offers his endorsement sitting on the back of a utility vehicle on a golf course... ‘I’ve learned through football that strong leadership can be the difference between winning and losing,’ Favre says in the ad spot. ‘Mississippi can win, and win big, with Thad Cochran as our strong voice in Washington.’ The Gulfport …touts Katrina aid but also mentions education funding.”

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