In 2014, Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel (R-MS) ran for the seat of incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). It was a hotly contested campaign which resulted in a primary runoff. With the help of crossover votes from Democrats, Sen. Cochran held his seat by a thin margin in the runoff. The establishment move to use Democrat votes to keep Cochran in power left many conservatives in Mississippi with a bad taste.