AP analysis: U.S. Senate race will impact Mississippi legislative session

Mississippi faces a contentious Republican primary battle for the U.S. Senate this year with state lawmaker Chris McDaniel trying to unseat Thad Cochran, the man who’s been in Congress almost as long as McDaniel has been alive.

Just under five months remain until the June 3 primary. The state Legislature is scheduled to be in session three of those months, starting at noon Tuesday and ending no later than April 6.

No doubt, McDaniel will have a fully packed schedule as he tries to balance campaign appearances with duties as a state senator from Jones County. No doubt, people will be keeping track of McDaniel’s attendance record at the state Capitol.