Bryant Cochran Replacement Shortlist Down To Just Two

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Mississippi political observers say Phil Bryant likely will be making an announcement this week on his selection to take over for retiring Senator Thad Cochran between April 1st, and an election scheduled to fill the seat for the rest of Cochran’s term, in November. Multiple sources are reporting that the Governor has narrowed his choices down to just two people, Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. Bryant’s first choice, Lt. Governor Tate Reeves has said he does not want the job and is considering a run for Governor next year instead. Both Hoseman and Hyde-Smith are polished candidates who’ve successfully run statewide campaigns in the past. The appointment of Hyde-Smith would also be historic as she would become the Mississippi’s first female U.S. senator. Whoever is appointed will have their hands full in the fall. The election will be open to all candidates of both parties. State Senator Sen. Chris McDaniel who nearly beat Cochran in the last election in a bitter fight has already started a conservative, tea-party fueled campaign for the seat. Meanwhile, former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy is expected to challenge from the left for the Democrats.


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