Pickering to run for Senate if Cochran decides against reelection

November 26, 2013

Politics

Add State Auditor Stacey Pickering to the list of potential candidates for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) decides not to seek reelection in 2014.

Cochran has held the seat since 1978 and has said he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term. However, a Cochran spokesman said the senator hasn’t specified when he’ll announce his plans.

If he seeks another term, Cochran will run with the advantages of incumbency, including name recognition and nearly $804,000 in campaign cash already on hand. If he doesn’t run, the race is expected to attract several candidates.

Pickering, a Republican, was elected state auditor in 2007 and re-elected in 2011.

Republican state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced in October he is running for Senate, regardless of what Cochran does.

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