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)
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"The Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agreed to a hearing on Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while in high school, according to a person briefed on a call between the panel and her lawyers on Saturday night." Details are still being worked out, but "on Friday, the two parties agreed to limit the number of cameras in the hearing room, ensure Ford and Kavanaugh are not in the same room together, offer Ford breaks in her testimony and security from the U.S. Capitol Police."
"Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in the 1980s, is reportedly willing to publicly testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee next Thursday. Lawyers for Ford told committee staffers during a call Thursday evening to negotiate details of a potential hearing that she wanted Kavanaugh to testify before her and she does not want to be in the same room as him, according to multiple reports."