UPDATE — Chris McDaniel won by less than 1% of the vote, but didn’t break 50% so there will be a runoff election on June 24.

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The key race we are watching is the Mississippi Republican Senate Primary between incumbent Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel.  Polls close at 7 p.m. Central.

The race has been marked by a bizarre scandal of McDaniel supporters taping Cochran’s wife in a nursing home.  Because the Cochran campaign waited at least two weeks to go to authorities, the scandal broke relatively close to the election.  We don’t know what other shoes — if any — might drop.  We also don’t know if the McDaniel campaign will be completely exonerated; as of now there is no evidence linking it to the taping.  I also never got an answer to the question, What did the @NRSC know, and when did it know it?

We will post results as soon as meaningful numbers come in, so refresh your screen every 5 minutes or so. If not one gets 50%, there will be a runoff held June 24.

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