If you want Republicans to hold Thad Cochran’s seat, Cindy Hyde-Smith is your option. If you want Democrats to take the seat, pray Chris McDaniel makes the run-off this November.
There is a great deal at stake and a lot of moving parts that could complicate the race; however, there is something very simple about this campaign. Of the potential candidates, there is only one Republican who would for sure hold the seat and there is only one who would put the seat and the entire Republican U.S. Senate majority at risk. Cindy Hyde-Smith would hold the seat and Chris McDaniel would put it in peril.
This race could decide whether we have conservative or liberal leadership of the U.S. Senate. Democrat Chuck Schumer would wreak havoc for Donald Trump as the leader of the Senate. That inspires liberals and conservatives. It has the makings of a barn-burner and keep in mind the November 27 run-off is a sure-bet to be the focus of the national political scene for three weeks.
Merle Flowers, Clarion Ledger