Chris McDaniel seeks open Senate seat
A Mississippi state lawmaker who came close to defeating U.S. Senator Thad Cochran now says he’ll run for the retiring senator’s open seat.
Today, Republican State Senator Chris McDaniel announced he will drop his primary challenge to incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Roger Wicker and instead seek the Magnolia State’s other Senate seat.
He qualified for the Wicker race before Cochran announced his April 1st retirement. The Tea Party backed state Senator nearly beat Cochran in a bitter 2014 Republican primary.
News 25 spoke with McDaniels over the phone to ask about his strategies during his campaign. “We’re fighting for conservative values. We’re fighting for change in Washington, D.C. Our message doesn’t change. We know that Washington is broke. We know there’s far too much debt, far too much favoritism and phonyism. Lobbyists control the system. We need to get up there and sweep it clean. So the message is always the same. Change for Washington, smaller government, limited government and that’s the message.”
McDaniel supporters rallied at the state capitol before the announcement, urging Governor Phil Bryant to appoint McDaniel to the vacancy before a November non-partisan election.
Bryant says pressure won’t affect his decision on the appointment.