Ex-Mississippi Lawmaker Chris McDaniel to Run for Sen. Thad Cochran's Seat

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 15, 2018

"By announcing early, we are asking Mississippi Republicans to unite around my candidacy and avoid another contentious contest among GOP members that would only improve the Democrats' chances of winning the open seat", McDaniel said.

The Central Mississippi Tea Party hosted a press conference at the Capital Wednesday to announce they're support of Sen.

Today, Chris McDaniel announced that he will run for the United States Senate seat being vacated by Senator Thad Cochran. Chris McDaniel is still running for the United States Senate, but not against incumbent Roger Wicker of Tupelo.

"By announcing early, we are asking Mississippi Republicans to unite around my candidacy and avoid another contentious contest among GOP members that would only improve the Democrats' chances of winning the open seat", McDaniel said in a statement, alluding to Republicans' loss in an Alabama special election late previous year. At which point Governor Phil Bryant will appoint an interim senator.

Cochran's departure from the Senate will trigger a special election to fill his unexpired term.

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. If no candidate garners a majority vote in the special election, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff. Cochran, however, prevailed after 40,000 Democrats voted in the GOP run-off, giving Cochran a win by just over 6,000 votes.

Also in his statement McDaniel puts Mitch McConnell on blast stating he's done everything he can to keep McDaniel from getting elected to the senate. "The question is folks, not why Chris McDaniel, but why not?" said Rev. Bryant. "We will not take anything for granted and will continue the hard work of once again earning the support of MS voters".

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