BREAKING: Thad Cochran Announces Senate Resignation

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WASHINGTON, DC (Ben Caxton) — In a not unexpected development that will none-the-less throw a monkey-wrench into expected election matchups, Mississippi senior U.S. Senator Thad Cochran has announced his resignation effective after the end of this month. In a statement sent to Delta Daily News Cochran said “I regret my health has become an ongoing challenge. I intend to fulfill my responsibilities and commitments to the people of Mississippi and the Senate through the completion of the 2018 appropriations cycle, after which I will formally retire from the U.S. Senate.” Mississippi state lawmaker Chris McDaniel, who lost a bitter Republican primary to Cochran in 2014 was set to challenge the state’s other Republican senator, Roger Wicker. However, while making the announcement last week, he told a reporter that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of dropping out of the race against Wicker and running in a special election this year if Cochran were to retire. Cochran was first elected to the Senate in 1978, becoming the first Republican in more than 100 years to win a statewide election in Mississippi. He is the tenth-longest serving Senator in U.S. history. Cochran previously served three terms in House of Representatives.



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