McDaniel to Decide on Bid by End of Year

He nearly unseated Cochran in 2014.

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Kimberly Railey
March 16, 2017, 10 a.m.

“State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) is ser­i­ously con­sid­er­ing a Re­pub­lic­an primary chal­lenge to Sen. Ro­ger Wick­er (R) in 2018, four years after nearly un­seat­ing Sen. Thad Co­chran. Even at this early point, a McDaniel bid threatens to re­ig­nite the GOP rift that nom­in­a­tion fight laid bare, when es­tab­lish­ment and tea-party groups fueled one of the most hard-edged midterm battles. Sev­er­al Mis­sis­sippi Re­pub­lic­ans con­ten­ded that Wick­er would enter a race against McDaniel as the fa­vor­ite, thanks to a cam­paign already mov­ing far more quickly than Co­chran’s 2014 ef­fort. But they warned that McDaniel, armed with a base of hard-core sup­port­ers, is still a strong threat.”

“In an in­ter­view with Na­tion­al Journ­al, McDaniel em­phas­ized that ‘all op­tions are on the table’ for his polit­ic­al fu­ture. A de­cision on a Sen­ate bid, he said, would come by the end of the year.” (Hot­line re­port­ing)


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