Chris McDaniel challenges Roger Wicker for U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi
Mississippi State Senator Chris McDaniel launched his second bid for a U.S. Senate seat, officially launching his campaign in his hometown of Ellisville. “If you want change, if you want a conservative to fight with you, you have your candidate. His name is Chris McDaniel.”, he said Wednesday at a rally.
McDaniel is challenging two term GOP incumbent Roger Wicker in a primary contest election scheduled for June 5th. “If Washington is disconnected from us, and it is, and if Washington looks down on us, and they do, then it’s because men like Roger Wicker fail to stand for you.”, McDaniel told supporters.
A PAC supporting McDaniel released a video on the heels of his campaign announcement, touting his anti D.C. establishment agenda.
A side drama to the primary challenge against Wicker, is the uncertain status of Mississippi’s other U.S. Senator, Thad Cochran, who McDaniel challenged in the 2014 primary elections. McDaniel handily won the first primary, but very narrowly missed garnering 50% of the vote, forcing a run-off against Cochran. In the second primary, shady politics led Cochran forces to encourage Mississippi Democrats to vote in Mississippi’s open ballot election, where Cochran eked out a mere 7,000 vote victory.
Cochran’s poor health is no secret, and rumors are swirling that he soon will resign his seat, putting two Mississippi Senate seats on the ballot this November.
The Daily Journal in Tupelo reported last week that plans are in motion to appoint Cochran’s temporary successor.
Speculation in the Mississippi House is that Speaker Philip Gunn, is in line to be appointed by Gov. Phil Bryant to replace U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.
“It is no secret that Sen. Cochran has been in poor health for sometime,” said Rep. Steve Holland, D-Plantersville, who served as Cochran’s state political director in 1980. “My understanding from reliable sources is that he will take retirement sometime after March 1. (Daily Journal)
KHOU reported that McDaniel has not ruled out stepping away from his primary challenge against Wicker, and instead taking on the temporary Senate appointee, who observers believe would be a weaker opponent than Wicker in a primary battle.
Chris McDaniel launches challenge against GOP Sen. Roger Wicker
After a couple months lull following the White House-Steve Bannon fallout, the anti-establishment side of the primary cycle returned Wednesday with Chris McDaniel announcing he is running against Sen. Roger Wicker in the Mississippi GOP primary. The announcement was a long time coming as Mr. McDaniel has been mulling over another run for higher office since…