WTVA – POLL: HYDE-SMITH FARES BETTER IN RUNOFF FOR U.S. SENATE THAN MCDANIEL

A Mason-Dixon poll released Friday shows U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith would have an easier time winning the November special election for the seat than fellow Republican Chris McDaniel.

The survey found Hyde-Smith with a 46 percent to 34 percent lead over Democrat Mike Espy with 20 percent undecided.

It also found that when Espy’s opponent was McDaniel, the Democrat takes a 42 percent to 40 percent lead with 18 percent undecided.



The poll results are based on responses from 625 Mississippi registered voters interviewed on the phone from April 14 to April 16.

WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Chris McDaniel could jeopardize GOP hold on Mississippi Senate seat: Poll

Republicans could lose their decadeslong hold on a Mississippi Senate seat if state Sen. Chris McDaniel emerges as their standard-bearer in the special election to replace former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a fresh public opinion poll warns…

…“Recently appointed U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith would be the best chance for the Republican Party to hold her Mississippi seat, rather than fellow GOP open primary contender Chris McDaniel,” the polling memo from Mason-Dixon said. The survey, conducted April 12–14, polled 625 registered voters via landline and cell phone. The margin of error was 4 percentage points.

The big difference in Hyde-Smith’s performance against Espy compared to McDaniel comes courtesy of female voters. Women supported Hyde-Smith over Espy 44 percent to 31 percent. But they broke for Espy over McDaniel 46 percent to 36 percent.



Espy first to qualify for US Senate special election

Today, I was the first candidate to turn in my qualifying petitions to become the next United States Senator from…

Posted by Mike Espy on Thursday, April 19, 2018

WLOX – Jason Shelton qualifies for U.S. Senate special election

The Mayor of Tupelo, Jason Shelton, qualified for the November 6 special election to replace retired U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran. One thousand signatures of registered voters from across MS are required in order for a candidate to qualify.

“Through the efforts of dozens of volunteers, signatures were gathered in all four Mississippi Congressional Districts. In fact, our team collected more signatures than were actually necessary to qualify,” Shelton said.

DAILY LEADER – Hyde-Smith submits qualifying documents to Secretary of State

Friday U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith’s campaign submitted the required paperwork for ballot access in the November special election to the Mississippi Secretary of State.

That paperwork includes her statement of intent, the $1,000 qualifying fee, and “not less than 1,000 qualified electors of the state.” The Hyde-Smith campaign submitted 1,299 qualified elector signatures from 27 counties as certified by various county Circuit Clerks.

 

Mississippi State Rep. Baria holds US Senate fundraiser in New Orleans, Louisiana

 

US Sen. Hyde-Smith presides over Senate for first time

 

CLARION LEDGER – U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Sherman: I only helped Wicker to stop McDaniel

The Mississippi Democratic Party received a petition Thursday calling for the disqualification of Democratic candidate Howard Sherman, but the challenge comes too late in the race to be considered.

The petition questions Howard’s past donations to Republican candidates and that he has a home in California, neither of which likely warrants disqualification, according to Mississippi Democratic Party Chairman Bobby Moak.

Sherman, the husband of actress Sela Ward, gave $5,000 to Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker last summer. But he did it to help protect the seat from then-prospective candidate state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, Sherman said Thursday.

“I gave to Senator Wicker for a very simple reason: Faced, at the time, with a binary choice between Senator Wicker and Chris McDaniels, I knew I had to do whatever I could to stop the dangerous and backward politics of Chris McDaniel,” Sherman said in a statement Thursday. “But Mississippi has to do better than both. Senator Wicker isn’t getting the job done for the working families of Mississippi, and I am committed to fighting for better jobs, schools and opportunity in our state.”

Gov. Bryant promotes Mississippi in London

 

WTOK – Trump appoints Keenum to agriculture board

President Donald J. Trump has named Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum as chairman of the Board for International Food and Agriculture Development.

The university said the White House announced the appointment this week.

The board was created in 1975. Board members are primarily from universities and provide advice on U.S. international assistance efforts in areas such as global food security and world hunger.

WDAM – Tuition to rise 4 percent on average at Mississippi schools

Tuition and fees would rise at Mississippi’s eight public universities in fall 2018 under changes approved Thursday by the College Board.

Sen. Wicker Chairs Seapower Hearing to Examine Navy Shipbuilding Programs

Sen. Hyde-Smith announces $3.58 million to fight opioid crisis in Mississippi

 

WLBT – Jackson Federal Courthouse renamed for Thad Cochran

The federal courthouse in Jackson has officially been renamed the ‘Thad Cochran United States Courthouse’ in honor of former Senator Thad Cochran.

The measure was included within Congress’ most recent omnibus spending bill. Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont pushed to include the language within the bill.