Published: Sat, March 24, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Mississippi Gov Names State's First Female Senator

Mississippi Gov Names State's First Female Senator

Cochran is retiring April 1 for health reasons.

Cochran's resignation creates two Senate races this year in MS as Republicans try to maintain their slim Senate majority. As noted, Hyde-Smith will serve at least until the Special Election that will be held to determine who will finish out the rest of Cochran's term takes place in November.

Hyde-Smith, a Republican, served as Mississippi's commissioner of agriculture and commerce until her appointment.

When Cochran, 80, announced his resignation March 5, there were numerous Republicans reported as possible contenders for the appointment.

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant (R) announced Wednesday that he will tap Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, the state's agriculture commissioner, to fill the remainder of outgoing Senator Thad Cochran's (R) term.

Hyde-Smith will be expected to immediately run for re-election, to fill the remaining 3 years in Cochran's term.

Republicans are deeply concerned that Chris McDaniel, an anti-establishment conservative state senator who is running for the seat, will use Hyde-Smith's past party affiliation against her in the race. Espy has deep ties to both Democrats and Republicans in the state. Roger Wicker, R-Miss.

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Have people already announced their intention to run for the seat?

Chris McDaniel, who is perhaps best known as the candidate who challenged Cochran back in 2014 and forced the race into a runoff that Cochran ended up winning thanks in no small part to strong support from Mississippi's African-American community.

The view in McConnell's orbit is that Bryant would have been the mainstream Republican best-equipped to defeat McDaniel - by far. "They can choose from among the Democratic candidates or they can vote for a lifelong conservative Republican".

"One week after he was elected, I was sitting in the White House, looking at the transition team and trying to figure out how we're going to get this going". In 2016, she was one of many agriculture advisers to Trump's presidential campaign and she praised his administration for cutting regulations on businesses.

"By the very nature of the special election, it poses a problem for the GOP", Dowling said. "Now, they are going to appoint one in MS", he continued.

Hyde-Smith last spoke to Bush's organization in July of 2017. But Mr. Bryant had no appetite to go to Washington and neither did Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican who is hoping to succeed the governor in next year's election. Phil Bryant, a Republican, will appoint his replacement. This trend is expected to continue for the upcoming midterm elections. She switched to the Republican Party in late 2010 and was elected statewide in 2011 as the MS commissioner of agriculture.

And Mr. McDaniel, who has a history of making incendiary comments, would be more at risk of losing than a less-controversial Republican. Thad Cochran. Hyde-Smith switched parties in 2010 while serving in the state Senate. In fact, a Democrat hasn't won one of its two Senate seats since 1982. The bill is now awaiting the governor's signature.

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