Sarah Palin threw her support behind state Sen. Chris McDaniel in his bid to oust Sen. Thad CochranThad CochranWeek ahead: GOP to unveil ObamaCare replacement plan Senate panel breaks with House on cuts to IRS Overnight Healthcare: GOP ObamaCare plan to leave out key dollar figures | States get help to hold line on premiums MORE (R-Miss.) Friday, urging voters to ignore “ridiculous non-stories” that have disrupted the campaign.
The former vice presidential nominee appeared alongside McDaniel at a rally Friday, saying he was running for office with a “servant’s heart,” according to the Clarion-Ledger.
But Palin dismissed the matter as a distraction meant to slow the Tea Party candidate’s momentum heading towards Tuesday's primary.
"The media will not succeed in getting you to pay attention to things on the periphery that don't amount to a hill of beans," she said.
McDaniel billed himself as much-needed disruption of the status quo, and Palin said he would be a stout opponent to President Obama and his policies.
Meanwhile, Cochran enlisted the help of state GOP leaders in his bid to keep his seat for a seventh term, campaigning alongside Gov. Phil Bryant in the state Friday.
The race remains tight. A poll released Friday found Cochran enjoyed just a five-point lead over the attorney McDaniel.