If Sen. Thad Cochran (R) does decide to retire (which is by no means certain), Republicans have repeatedly mentioned three names to run for his seat: Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann (R), state Auditor Stacey Pickering (R) and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (R). "Others looked to the House delegation, with an eye on three-term Rep. Gregg Harper (R-03).
But a "small draft movement" has formed to encourage state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) to run against Cochran, something McDaniel has said he's interested in. But several "Republican insiders said Cochran would clobber McDaniel if he challenged him." Republican consultant Henry Barbour: "I think he will get his head handed to him, and that will be what he deserves. [But] it's a free country."
McDaniel could also be a candiate for Rep. Steven Palazzo's (R-04) seat. Palazzo was recently named a top target by the Club for Growth. (Roll Call)
-- Sarah Mimms