Yesterday, Tea Party state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) announced that he is abandoning his challenge to incumbent Sen. Roger Wicker (R) this year in order to enter the new special election to replace resigning Sen. Thad Cochran (R). Gov. Phil Bryant (R) will choose a replacement after the Senator officially vacates, which will likely be April 1st. The special election will run concurrently with the general election cycle. All candidates will first appear on the November 6th ballot. Should no candidate receive majority support, the top two would run-off on November 27th.
Sen. Wicker will now be safe for re-election. The appointment process, and impending special election to replace the Senator for the balance of the term, however, just became much more interesting.
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