U.S. Senate candidates visit the Gulf Coast

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Three of the candidates running for the United States Senate were on the Gulf Coast Wednesday. With the primary election three months away, their campaigns are kicking into high gear.

USM Gulf Coast welcomed students and the general public to an open forum with two of the candidates running for Mississippi's U.S. Senate seat: Former Republican turned Democrat Bill Marcy and Republican State Senator Chris McDaniel. But the crowd only got to hear from Marcy.

"We're going to talk about finances. We're going to talk about their money. We're going to talk about the debt we have accrued for our future. We're going to talk about what government has done to us and how we can stop government from doing it," said Marcy.

Those were a few of Marcy's talking points while he waited on McDaniel, who never showed. WLOX did catch up with the State Senator in Gulfport to see why he never made it.

"We had to go back to Jackson for Senate business today and then back to the coast tonight, and because of traffic and because of the speed of our bus, we weren't able to make it," said McDaniel.

McDaniel was able to attend his social in downtown Gulfport and he invited all of those looking for him at USM to stop by.

Just a couple blocks away, incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran entertained his supporters at Island View Casino.

"I'm working hard. I'm traveling around the state reminding people that we do have an election this year and that I'm running for reelection to the United States Senate," said Cochran.

Cochran will be challenged by State Senator McDaniel for the GOP primary, which is June third. Both men have gained a lot of support. McDaniel happens to be heavily backed by tea party supporters, while Cochran has the support of most of Mississippi's big name republicans, including former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and his family.

Also in the Republican primary will be challenger Thomas Carey. On the Democratic side, Bill Marcy faces former U.S. Congressman Travis Childers, William Bond Compton, Jr., and Jonathan Rawl.

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