Mississippi's Senate candidates to appear together

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Updated: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:20:03 EST

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) — For a half-hour or so, Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be in the same place and talk to the same crowd as Democratic rival Travis Childers.

And Thursday's event might just be the only time during this year's campaign that'll happen.

Such is the draw of the Neshoba County Fair, an annual social gathering and political confab in the red clay hills of Mississippi.

While interest groups could spend millions on television ads and sophisticated voter-outreach efforts before Election Day, the fair is proudly old-fashioned and decidedly low-tech.

Known as "Mississippi's Giant Houseparty," the 10-day fair attracts tens of thousands of people each year, and that leads politicians to converge on the fairgrounds for two days of speechmaking to win over voters.

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