Democratic poll shows virtual dead heat in McDaniel-Cochran race

Democratic Party Chairman Ricky Cole says the Democrats commissioned the late February poll that showed state Sen. Chris McDaniel with a 44 percent to 43 percent lead over Sen. Thad Cochran.

That lead is within the poll's margin of error, meaning the race was pretty much a tie. 

Cole said the poll by Anzalone Research out of Alabama, which has a margin of error of 4 percent, was done as a benchmark for Democratic polling for the general election. he said the party won't be doing any more polls until after the primary.

Cole is pulling for former congressman Travis Childers in a primary race against three Democratic challengers. Bill Marcy, a recent convert from Tea Party/Republican, is the best known of the bunch. The others are Jonathan Rawl and William Bond Compton Jr.

If there are other numbers from that poll, Cole is keeping them to himself, but he does wonder, "Why aren't the Republicans releasing any of their poll numbers?"