APNewsBreak: Childers enters Senate race in Miss.

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 1 at 12:03 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Travis Childers, a conservative Democrat who served just over two years in Congress, says he's running for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi.

The 55-year-old Childers told The Associated Press on Friday that he's qualifying for the seat that Republican Thad Cochran first won in 1978.

Cochran faces a challenge from two-term state Sen. Chris McDaniel in the Republican primary.

In the Democratic primary, Childers will face Bill Marcy, who has twice run unsuccessfully for the U.S. House as a tea party Republican.

Primaries are June 3.

Childers won north Mississippi's 1st District U.S. House seat in a 2008 special election. He was defeated by a Republican in 2010.

The last Democrat to serve in the Senate from Mississippi was John C. Stennis, who retired in 1989.

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