Josh Randle announced today that he would not run for U.S. Senate and challenge Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith after floating the idea over a month ago.
Randle said in a statement sent to media:
Since I announced the formation of an exploratory committee for a potential U.S. Senate race this year, I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from people across the state as well as friends both old and new. I now know that many of you agree that Mississippi deserves a Senator who is effective in the job, accessible to his or her constituents, and who represents Mississippi in a positive light on the national stage. America and Mississippi face big challenges, and we need political leaders who are willing to lead for bold solutions.Through my time traveling the length of the state and meeting with Mississippians from all walks of life, I learned three important things. First, I am blessed beyond measure to have a wife, family, and friends who have given me tremendous support. Second, Mississippians thirst for vibrant, forward-looking leadership to help all Mississippians succeed. Finally, as we studied the race in detail, I concluded that the truncated primary election calendar and the divisive national political environment make this race uniquely difficult. However, Senator Hyde-Smith’s presidential endorsement and the primary election’s short timeframe effectively block the path for any potential Republican challenger. For these reasons, I have decided not to seek the 2020 Republican nomination for United States Senate.I appreciate all of you who have given candid advice, encouragement, and financial support over the last two months. I did not enter this process lightly, and I remain encouraged by the feedback and insights gained through this rewarding experience. I care deeply about Mississippi’s future, and I plan to continue to be actively engaged in the political and public policy debate and look forward to working with all of you to help move our state and country forward.Many thanks,Josh