Designated Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) is not yet an official member succeeding retiring Sen. Thad Cochran (R), but that is not stopping special election candidates from coming forward. When Mr. Cochran first announced he would leave the Senate in early April, former US Agriculture Secretary and ex-Mississippi Congressman Mike Espy (D) immediately entered Senate special. Then, Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel switched from challenging GOP incumbent Roger Wicker to joining the new election. Yesterday, Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton (D) announced that he, too, will become a Senate special election candidate.
All candidates will appear on the special election ballot that will be held concurrently with the November 6th special election. If no candidate receives a majority vote, the top two, regardless of political party affiliation, will advance to a run-off election three weeks later, on November 27th. The winner will serve the balance of the current term and be eligible to run for a full six-year stint in 2020.
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