State Senator, Chris McDaniel is running against incumbent, Thad Cochran, for the United States Senate seat. Considered an underdog and a long shot by most pundits and insiders on the political scene, that hasn't deterred the 41 year old lawyer from running. The Magnolia State's Senior U.S. Senator has held the seat since 1978. That's nearly all of McDaniel's adult life. News 25 caught up with McDaniel this morning to get his take on coming election. McDaniel has already hit the campaign trail for the United States Senate, spending the morning in Diamondhead, talking with voters. McDaniel says, "I've come down to campaign a bit, talk to the people here on the Coast. I love it down here. We're going to visit and talk about our vision for Mississippi and this great republic." Senator Cochran announced last week that he would run for his 7th consecutive term, but McDaniel says change is needed in the position. McDaniel also says, "The congress we have now, they are not listening to the American people. They're surrounded by the power and the intrigue. We are going to make them listen again."
McDaniel will be Thad Cochran's first senate opponent in a primary since 1996. The Republican Party in Hancock County says they will remain neutral and do their best to assist every candidate. Kim Lunde, the Hancock County GOP, says, "The official Republican Party will assist all candidates in their bid for the seat through the primary of June 3rd." Lunde is on the Executive Committee for the Hancock County republicans, and spent 25 years in the Navy Reserves. She says the military vote on the Coast is crucial for any candidate. Lunde also says, "They really care and have a voice in politics, so it would be who of any politicians to think about that." State Senator McDaniel says he plans to be a regular visitor on the Coast.