McDaniel to Run for Open Mississippi Senate Seat

McDaniel to Run for Open Mississippi Senate Seat

Earlier Wednesday, McDaniel supporters rallied for Governor Phil Bryant to appoint McDaniel to Thad Cochran's seat ahead of that special election.

Donors looking to increase the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate that would like to avoid a contentious primary in deep red MS have strongly supported the idea of McDaniel running in the open seat. Roger Wicker to instead run in a special election for the open seat of retiring GOP Sen.

Cochran announced his resignation from the Senate earlier this month, which will take effect April 1. Then, in November, Mississippi will hold a "jungle" contest - in which candidates will be listed without party identification on the ballot - to fill the remainder of Cochran's term.

McDaniel came close to ousting Cochran in the June 2014 primary, but Cochran ultimately prevailed in the runoff. His campaign pointed to the money Senate Leadership Fund spent attacking Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks' during the primary for the special election in Alabama.

Republican Chris McDaniel announced Wednesday that he will run for the MS seat vacated by Sen.

Remember Mississippi, a super PAC supporting McDaniel, welcomed the move.

"When you look at how the establishment works to keep conservatives like Mo Brooks from winning a U.S. Senate seat only to lose the seat entirely, you have to conclude that Mitch McConnell and his lieutenants would rather lose a seat to a Democrat than elect a conservative", said McDaniel. David Baria of Bay St. Louis and Omeria Scott of Laurel, and Howard Sherman of Meridian, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and husband of actress Sela Ward, have qualified to run for the Wicker seat.