Friday, 22 June, 2018

Sen. Thad Cochran To Resign, Triggering Special Election

Sen. Thad Cochran Sen. Thad Cochran
Sergio Cook | 07 March, 2018, 00:25

The 80-year-old's health declined in the last few years and he is now serving his seventh term in the Senate. Roger Wicker in this year's GOP primary.

The Democrat, who served as secretary of the Department of Agriculture in the cabinet of Bill Clinton, said in a statement, "I just learned of the pending resignation of Sen".

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant will appoint someone to fill Cochran's seat and then call a special election, which would coincide with November's general election.

Cochran's temporary replacement will be chosen by Mississippi's governor. "[Cochran] is a quiet, polite gentleman, but he is tough as nails". Cochran's service to our nation has made the lives of Mississippians better, and his support of our military has made America safer. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cochran secured millions in federal funds for recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast and worked with former Sen.

"Thad knows there's a big difference between making a fuss and making a difference". Until now, the Republican senator had said he meant to remain in Congress until the end of his term in 2020.

This will be McDaniel's first appearance in Wicker's backyard since announcing his candidacy last week. Harper, chairman of the House Administration Committee, campaigned with Cochran during the senator's 2014 bid. That forced Cochran's political nemesis, Chris McDaniel, to declare for an uphill primary challenge to Senator Roger Wicker, instead of becoming an instant front-runner in a special election to succeed the old guy he almost defenestrated in 2014. Is McDaniel going to stick with that race, knowing from painful experience how hard it is to unseat an incumbent, or will he now switch to the race for Cochran's open seat? McDaniel has never conceded his lost to Cochran.

Cochran missed weeks of work last fall because of recurring medical issues. Cochran's team called in decades' worth of goodwill from his moderate politics and securing federal money for MS programs, winning the GOP runoff primarily with cross-over votes from Democrats and the African-American community and support from the Republican "establishment" in D.C. and Mississippi. Chris McDaniel of Ellisville led Cochran in the first Republican primary, but did not garner the majority vote needed to avoid a runoff.

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