Supporters of Sen. Thad CochranThad CochranPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Overnight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline Senators ask to include visas for Afghans in spending bill MORE (R-Miss.) plan to hammer his opponent over his opposition to the Department of Education ahead of their primary runoff election in two weeks.
McDaniel has proclaimed on the campaign trail his belief that the government should stay out of education. But the AP reports Mississippi receives about $800 million in federal money for students in kindergarten through high school.
Former Gov. Haley Barbour (R), who is backing the super-PAC, told the AP that Cochran’s allies plan to make McDaniel’s position on that funding known.
"He's talking about wiping out special education, for autism, physically disabled, mentally disabled, kids who are just slow," Barbour said. "That will all be gone if McDaniel gets his way."
McDaniel and Cochran are locked in a fierce three-week runoff after McDaniel came out slightly ahead of the incumbent in last week’s primary fight and a third GOP candidate kept both of them below the 50-percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.