Published: Sun, March 18, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Conservative firebrand McDaniel switches Mississippi Senate races

Conservative firebrand McDaniel switches Mississippi Senate races

Chris McDaniel in the U.S. Senate race.

McDaniel had qualified to challenge Wicker before Cochran announced his April 1 retirement last week.

McDaniel catapulted onto the national political scene in 2014 when he beat Cochran in the Republican primary, but failed to gain the majority of votes required to earn the Republican primary.

Cochran will resign on April 1, and Mississippi Gov. Phi Bryant (R) has said he'll start considering a replacement after that.

Chris McDaniel supporters gathered at the State Capitol earlier in the day, not to talk about the special election but rather the appointment for Cochran's soon-to-be-open seat. Cochran announced shortly afterwards that he'd retire, creating a much easier opening for McDaniel, who lost a close and nasty primary to Cochran in 2014.

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"This opportunistic behaviour is a sad commentary for a young man who once had great potential", Bryant said in a statement.

McDaniel's campaign donors had been encouraging him to run in the open seat to prevent a divisive GOP primary that could result in a Democratic victory in November. McDaniel's allies have pushed to have him named to the seat, something Bryant is loath to do.

"If we unite the party now and consolidate our resources, we can guarantee Donald Trump will have a fighter who will stand with him", McDaniel said in a statement. His campaign pointed to the money Senate Leadership Fund spent attacking Alabama Rep. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerAt least Alzheimer's research is bringing Washington together McConnell urging MS gov to appoint himself if Cochran resigns: report Senate Republicans call on Trump to preserve NAFTA MORE (R-Miss.), who is up for reelection in November. Forced into a runoff, Cochran called on longstanding ties to the African-American community by successfully courting black voters who traditionally support Democrats to vote for him in the runoff.

"Mitch McConnell wants to hand-pick our next Senator", McDaniel said.

"We will not take anything for granted and will continue the hard work of once again earning the support of MS voters", Wicker said in a statement. "We will not take anything for granted and will continue the hard work of once again earning the support of MS voters". "But he will not be affected by any political group or dynamic". Bryant has said he won't appoint himself.

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