JACKSON, Miss. (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., holds a 12-point lead over Democratic challenger Travis Childers heading into the general election, a new poll shows.

Cochran secured the right to run for a seventh term on June 24, narrowly defeating the tea party-supported Chris McDaniel by a 51-49 percent margin.

The runoff was forced when the two Republicans ended up deadlocked at 49 percent a piece after the June 3 primary.

Heading into the general election, Mississippi voters support Cochran over Childers by a 46-32 percent margin, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Friday.

The poll shows 10 percent of likely voters prefer some other candidate, while nine percent are still undecided.

After losing, McDaniel said he would challenge the election results.

Democrats who did not vote in the Democratic primary were allowed to vote in the Republican runoff.

The survey of 750 Likely Voters in Mississippi was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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