Chris McDaniel to run for Sen. Thad Cochran's seat, not Wicker's

McDaniel to run for open Senate seat in Miss. rather than challenge Wicker

Chris McDaniel to run for Sen. Thad Cochran's seat, not Wicker's

"By announcing early, we are asking Mississippi Republicans to unite around my candidacy and avoid another contentious contest among GOP members that would only improve the Democrats' chances of winning the open seat", McDaniel said.

McDaniel made the announcement Wednesday.

Republican Chris McDaniel announced Wednesday that he will run for the MS seat vacated by Sen. Chris McDaniel in the U.S. Senate race.

Cochran is retiring for health reasons.

Remember Mississippi, a super PAC supporting McDaniel, welcomed the move.

McDaniel's campaign donors had been encouraging him to run in the open seat to prevent a divisive GOP primary that could result in a Democratic victory in November.

"By announcing early, we are asking Mississippi Republicans to unite around my candidacy and avoid another contentious contest among GOP members that would only improve the Democrats' chances of winning the open seat", McDaniel said in a statement, alluding to Republicans' loss in an Alabama special election late a year ago. Mo Brooks' during the primary for the special election in Alabama.

McDaniel scored 49.5 percent of the vote in the 2014 election, but lost in a runoff.

Also in his statement McDaniel puts Mitch McConnell on blast stating he's done everything he can to keep McDaniel from getting elected to the senate.

McDaniel says that he's listening to the people and feels an open seat is the best path to win an election to the United States Senate. "Mitch McConnell wants to hand-pick our next Senator".

With McDaniel leaving the race, there is no Republican with name identification challenging Wicker. David Baria of Bay St. Louis and Omeria Scott of Laurel, and Howard Sherman of Meridian, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and husband of actress Sela Ward, have qualified to run for the Wicker seat.

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