Wicker seen as easy bet to return

WASHINGTON — With more than $400,000 to spend and an electorate that strongly favors Republicans, Sen. Roger Wicker is well positioned to take on any challengers in 2012, political experts say.

“Wicker would have to defeat himself,” said Stephen Rozman, a political scientist at Tougaloo College.

Wicker, a former House member, will be running for a second term. He raised more than $1 million during the 2009-10 election cycle and had $402,771 at the end of the year, according to records filed with the Federal Election Commission.

Much of his contributions came from the health care industry and the legal profession, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group that tracks campaign contributions.

Clarion Ledger