Rumors flying on Cochran announcing re-election plans

In the last week or two, I’ve heard more and more chatter about Cochran leaning toward running again. Seems like he’s getting intense pressure from in- and out-of-state to seek another term for two reasons:
1.Prevent state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, from winning.
2.Stay in line for Senate Appropriations chairman now that the Senate looks to be back in play for Republicans with the continued failures of Obamacare.

Honestly, I think McDaniel has an easier path to Washington in a one-on-one against Cochran than against an open field of Republicans like Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and State Auditor Stacey Pickering. It’s still an uphill fight, but it’s looking more and more doable.

The main reason for Cochran to run again is to return as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee if Republicans retake the Senate. Mississippi could stand to have that kind of stroke in Washington again, and it will be a long time before we see it again if Cochran retires.

Sam Hall
Clarion Ledger