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Baria, McDaniel Declare Campaigns

McDaniel didn't rule out the possibility of running for Cochran's seat if it opens.

March 1, 2018, 9:25 a.m.

State House Minority Leader David Baria (D) announced Wednesday that he will challenge Sen. Roger Wicker (R).

Baria: “I want to give voters a true choice, and I plan to spend the campaign listening to voters and working hard to earn their trust.”

Baria “has served in the state House since 2012 and has served as minority leader since 2016. He previously served a single term in the state Senate.” (Mississippi Today)

MAKING IT OFFICIAL. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) launched his campaign Wednesday at a rally in Ellisville, MS. “In a speech that slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and other GOP senators, and praised the president ... McDaniel said conservatives need to stand their ground and he wanted to go to Washington to be his state’s bulldog, not leadership’s lapdog.” (Wall Street Journal)

McDaniel “didn't rule out dropping out of the current Senate race and running for Mississippi's other seat if [Sen. Thad] Cochran (R) steps down early as many expect.” (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)

REACTION. Following McDaniel’s kickoff, Wicker campaign manager Justin Brasell blasted McDaniel for being insufficiently supportive of Trump. Brasell: “While Roger Wicker was speaking on Donald Trump's behalf at the Republican National Convention and traveling the country to help elect President Trump and Republican U.S. Senators, Chris McDaniel was missing. After attacking and insulting Donald Trump and his supporters in the primary, Senator McDaniel did nothing to help elect our President.” (release)

WASTING NO TIME. Wicker has already released a website that hits McDaniel for his past criticisms of Trump. (CNN)

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