Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) leads Sen. Thad CochranThad CochranFirst US Zika death reported in Puerto Rico Overnight Healthcare: Medicare fight looms on Capitol Hill Senate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika MORE (R-Miss.) by 8 percentage points in a final poll before the runoff election on Tuesday.
McDaniel leads Cochran, backed by the Tea Party, 52 percent to 44 percent, according to a survey released Saturday by Democratic pollster Chism Strategies. Four percent of voters said they are undecided.
The polling organization said, “unless Cochran expands the electorate with general election Republicans and crossover Democrats, McDaniel wins.”
In two polls earlier this month, one by Chism Strategies and another by Tea Party-centric pollster Strategic National, McDaniel led Cochran as well.
McDaniel came out on top in the June 3 primary leading Cochran by about 1,300 votes.
Cochran, 76, was first elected to the Senate in 1978. McDaniel, 41, has served in Mississippi’s state Senate since 2008.
The latest Chism Strategies poll surveyed 697 voters statewide and it has a 3.8 percentage point margin of error.