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Gov Picks Cochran Replacement in Mississippi, But White House Not Sold

Phil Bryant selected Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith to replace retiring Thad Cochran on April 1.

By NTK Staff | 03.22.2018 @2:00pm
Gov Picks Cochran Replacement in Mississippi, But White House Not Sold

Sen. Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) retirement triggered a replacement appointment by Gov. Phil Bryant (R-MS) Wednesday that the White House is not pleased about.

Bryant selected the state’s agriculture commissioner, Cindy Hyde-Smith, and praised her conservative credentials in a statement, calling her “the most reliable vote I had for conservative causes.”

Hyde-Smith echoed those sentiments in statement of her own: “I’ve been conservative all of my life, and that’s demonstrated by my conservative voting record as a three-term state senator and my conservative accomplishments as Agriculture Commissioner.”

But that wasn’t enough for White House officials, who indicated the president would not “campaign for or endorse” the Democrat-turned-Republican. Hyde-Smith switched parties eight years ago while serving as a member of the state Senate.

The real problem for Republicans is the candidate already in the race. Former radio show host Chris McDaniel, who initially announced a challenge to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS), switched his campaign filing and is running for the seat vacated by the retiring Cochran. McDaniel challenged and embarrassed himself in 2014 by stooping to disgusting campaign tactics. Cochran bested McDaniel in a runoff election that year.

In all likelihood, the White House is hoping to avoid the mess it created in a special election in neighboring Alabama last year. President Trump half-heartedly backed Sen. Luther Strange, the appointed replacement of Trump’s attorney general pick, Jeff Sessions. Strange lost the primary to Roy Moore, an unelectable former state Supreme Court judge who was removed from the bench twice. Moore went on to lose in the general election to Democrat Doug Jones – an unthinkable outcome months earlier.

The special election jungle primary to replace Cochran will take place on Election Day, November 6. A runoff, should one be necessary, will be held later that month.

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