JMC Analytics & Polling surveyed the Mississippi Republican electorate to determine Sen. Roger Wicker’s (R) strength for re-nomination. State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-Ellisville), who came close to upending Sen. Thad Cochran (R) in the 2014 nomination process, still has not ruled out running this year. JMC tested the Senator and Mr. McDaniel in their latest survey (2/15-17; 500 MS potential Republican primary voters) and found the incumbent leading his potential challenger, 38-20%. Though Sen. Wicker has a large lead among those decided, 42% reporting that they are undecided is a large number for a race involving a multi-term incumbent.
Sen. Wicker’s favorability index among Republicans is 43:22% positive to negative. Mr. McDaniel registered a much lower 28:23% ratio. Though Sen. McDaniel says he has still not made a final decision about running, he is fast running out of time. The candidate filing deadline is March 1st, in preparation for the June 5th primary election.
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