Bryant Expected To Name Hyde-Smith To Replace Cochran Today

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Governor Phil Bryant is expected to name state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith as Mississippi’s first female senator in an official announcement today. Hyde-Smith will replace retiring Senator Thad Cochran for seven months before facing re-election in November to complete the nearly three years left in Cochran’s term. State Senator Chris McDaniel, who nearly beat Cochran in the last election, has already begun a conservative tea-party fueled campaign for the seat while former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Espy is expected to challenge for the Democrats. Bryant’s first choice was Lt. Governor Tate Reeves, but Reeves doesn’t want the job and is considering a run for Governor next year instead.



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