Word is leaking through the Mississippi media corps that Gov. Phil Bryant (R) will name his replacement for retiring Sen. Thad Cochran (R) today. Informed speculation suggests that Agriculture & Commerce Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) will be named. If so, she will become the first woman to ever represent Mississippi in Congress.
Ms. Hyde-Smith, upon being sworn in at some point in April, will then run for the seat in November. All candidates will be placed on the November ballot with the top two advancing to a November 27th run-off election if no candidate receives majority support. The winner then serves the balance of the term, meaning he or she will be eligible to run for a full six-year term in 2020. Already, state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville) has announced for the special election. He came close to upsetting Sen. Cochran in the 2014 Republican primary.
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