Mississippi Gov. appoints Cindy Hyde-Smith to vacant Senate seat

The special election for Thad Cochran's upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate is sparking a lot of interest even though the election is still months away. Source WLBT

The special election for Thad Cochran's upcoming vacancy in the U.S. Senate is sparking a lot of interest even though the election is still months away. Source WLBT

Bryant went ahead with his decision, making a formal announcement Wednesday in Brookhaven-Hyde-Smith's hometown. But he's throwing his hat back in the ring for Cochran's seat. She beat Democratic opponents even more easily in the 2011 and 2015 general elections.

He was most recently re-elected in 2014 and is the 10th-longest serving senator in USA history.

Bryant has said he believes the president will campaign for Hyde-Smith in the special election, which could attract several candidates. "Now it's up to him to elect her".

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The New York Times reports that Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss., is expected to name state agriculture commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, a former Democratic state senator who became a Republican during the Tea Party wave in 2010, to serve as the interim USA senator from ms until a special election is held in November, following Cochran's retirement on April 1. Most recently, voters and viewers stayed up and watched as a Democrat won the special election in Pennsylvania's 18 District, where voters chose President Donald Trump by twenty percentage points in 2016.

The 80-year-old Cochran announced March 5 that he will step down because of health problems.

State Senator Chris McDaniel, who narrowly lost to Cochran in a 2014 primary race for the U.S. Senate, pulled out of the race this November to challenge U.S. Senator Roger Wicker.

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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi's Republican agriculture commissioner, who served on a farm advisory committee for President Donald Trump, was appointed Wednesday to succeed a veteran USA senator who is resigning because of poor health.

Bryant, who like McDaniel benefited from substantial tea party backing, declared open war on his onetime ally after he switched races.

But Republican leaders have long viewed McDaniel as a problematic candidate. The expected uptick in voter turnout among Democrats, coupled with actual voter surges among Democrats already seen in primary elections in Texas, where Democrats saw their biggest midterm turnout in more than a quarter-century, seem to project a hard midterm season for the Republicans. Now, they are going to appoint one in Mississippi. Chris McDaniel came within an eyelash of unseating Cochran in the Republican run-off. This trend does not portend well for the Republican Party in light of Cochran's retirement plans, and to be sure, the uncertainty for the GOP's ambitions to retain the Senate do not end there. It was a scenario that played out in last year's Alabama Senate special election, when the president got behind appointed Sen.

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"Cindy has always been a people person, has always wanted to help and do for everybody", Lowe, 67, said Wednesday in Brookhaven. She ran as a Democrat. The fact is, the DC establishment would rather let a Democrat have the seat than let a conservative win. Nevertheless, I am pleased that MS voters will have a clear choice in November for the open seat for United States Senate.

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