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BILL CRAWFORD: GOP brawl brewing with Reeves, Waller and (probably) McDaniel

“Governor’s race just got interesting,” read a text message the day after columnist Geoff Pender announced Bill Waller, Jr., will enter the race. Oh, the just retired Supreme Court Justice deciding to take on frontrunner Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in the Republican primary stirs a lot of interest. But adding state Sen. Chris McDaniel to the mix really whips it ...

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Analysis: Groups pump money into Mississippi US Senate race

Interest groups are dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars into a special U.S. Senate election in Mississippi. It’s pocket change compared to millions being spent in Texas and Florida, but enough to buy advertising and pay for get-out-the-vote efforts in the mostly rural state. The winner gets the final two years of a six-year term. In reality, though, victory could ...

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Ads pick up in Mississippi special election for US Senate

Candidates and political action committees are increasing advertising ahead of the crowded Nov. 6 special election for a U.S. Senate seat in Mississippi. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith released a TV ad Tuesday showing her in blue jeans and boots at her family’s cattle auction in Brookhaven. She relates cattle ranching to serving in Washington and says: “You can’t be afraid ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Key GOP legislators must be fake Republicans too

Hey, all you Mississippi legislators who switched from Democrat to Republican. Yes, all y’all who vote the conservative party line and give Republicans super-majorities in the House and Senate. Are y’all really fake Republicans?   That seems to be the message coming from your colleague Sen. Chris McDaniel regarding another former legislator who switched from Democrat to Republican.   “”Before ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — McDaniel switcheroo shifts hot seat from Wicker to Bryant

Call it what you will, state Senator Chris McDaniel blinked. Despite his earlier caustic rhetoric, he will not challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Roger Wicker in the Republican Primary. Instead, he will compete in what he hopes will be an easier pathway to the Senate, the special election to fill retiring Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat. Assuming his billionaire funders stick with ...

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Is he in or is he out? Tea party-backed candidate could take on Mississippi senator

A state lawmaker who tried to unseat one of Mississippi’s U.S. senators during a tough 2014 race is expected to announce whether he’ll run against the other one this year. Republican Chris McDaniel is holding an event Wednesday in his hometown of Ellisville. He strongly hinted during a live presentation Monday on Facebook that he might challenge Republican Sen. Roger ...

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Reports indicate McDaniel running against Wicker

State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville, an anti-establishment Republican, appears poised to challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo in the Republican primary. Various national publications have reported on McDaniel’s plan to challenge Wicker. McDaniel, 46, a Jones County attorney, announced on Facebook Monday night his intention to make an announcement at noon Wednesday at Jones County Junior College ...

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Analysis: Mississippi could have tough 2018 Senate race

Mississippi’s most recent Republican primary for U.S. Senate was hard-fought and ugly, and it might be a preview of things to come in 2018. State Sen. Chris McDaniel came close to unseating longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014 by portraying the Appropriations Committee chairman as a big-spending Washington insider who belonged to an out-of-touch political elite. Voters ultimately chose ...

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Wicker has strong fund-raising effort for re-election bid

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal  U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Tupelo Republican, will be well funded if he is challenged in his 2018 re-election bid. Wicker, who is seeking his second full-term in the Senate, has $3.1 million in cash on hand through June 30, according to his campaign finance report filed recently with the Federal Election Commission. For ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi goes cray-cray for Gray

This past Tuesday, Robert Gray, an unmarried truck-driver, whose own mother had no idea he was even running for public office, won the Democratic primary for governor. Since winning, Gray’s been called a Republican plant, a stooge for the “Legalize Cannabis” Initiative 48 crowd, and been accused of not being serious about his candidacy. Gray did not even vote in ...

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